Todays sexual ethics.
"Sr. Farley also manifests a defective understanding of the objective nature of the natural moral law, choosing instead to argue on the basis of conclusions selected from certain philosophical currents or from her own understanding of "contemporary experience". This approach is not consistent with authentic Catholic theology." - Notification
You know the CDF took the right steps with the notification concerning Dr. Farley's work when the women of The View defend her for supporting masturbation. I'm serious - it seemed to me that was the main point of discussion amongst the women on todays show. I had no idea how important self-pleasuring is to women. No wonder there is no longer any sense of sin, even amongst Catholics, when that type of sexual ethic is taught and promoted. Even Fr. James Martin, S.J., a priest I continue to respect - yet disagree with, applauds and defends Dr. Farley:
One of the most respected Catholic theologians in the United States has been severely critiqued by the Vatican for one her most recent books. Margaret A. Farley, RSM, who teaches moral theology at Yale Divinity School, and has served as a mentor for generations of Catholic theologians, has been critiqued for her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, published in 2006. - AmericaI think it significant that Farley is regarded as a "mentor for generations of Catholic theologians" - no wonder the sexual revolution has become so influential in Catholic education. No wonder younger Catholics have no problem with contraception, same sex marriage, masturbation, and so on: It is what they have been taught.
The CDF in effect condemns Dr. Farley's book as unsuitable for Catholic education:
In a notification signed by U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada and approved March 16 by Pope Benedict XVI, the congregation said the book "is not in conformity with the teaching of the church" and "cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue." - CNSDr. Farley and her supporters disagree with the Congregations findings:
Sister Farley said in a June 4 statement that she feared that the notification "-- while clear in its conclusions -- misrepresents (perhaps unwittingly) the aims of my work and the nature of it as a proposal that might be in service of, not against, the church and its faithful people."
"I do not dispute the judgment that some of the positions contained (in the book) are not in accord with current official Catholic teaching," she said. "In the end, I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against the teaching. It is of a different genre altogether."
She said the book "offers contemporary interpretations of traditional meanings for the human body, gender and sexuality" and "was designed to help people, especially Christians but also others, to think through their questions about human sexuality." - CNS
This response continues to be the standard operative procedure for 'dissent', both by progressives and traditionalists, and those in between. Somehow, every special interest, be it proffered by theologians, liturgists, mystics and seers, sexologists, what have you, takes precedence over fidelity and obedience to the Magisterium. It seems to me to be a rather protestant ecclesiology at work these days, more than ever before.
It also explains - to me at least - the often incredible permissive considerations and conclusions drawn by some faithful Catholics online as regards sexual ethics and homosexuality, as well as the sometimes nearly incomprehensible manipulation of the definition of terms such as chastity, celibacy, continence, among others. It often seems like a lot of doublespeak to me.
"With this Notification, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expresses profound regret that a member of an Institute of Consecrated Life, Sr. Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M., affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality. The Congregation warns the faithful that her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics is not in conformity with the teaching of the Church. Consequently it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Furthermore the Congregation wishes to encourage theologians to pursue the task of studying and teaching moral theology in full concord with the principles of Catholic doctrine." - Source
This past weekend, the priest who heard my confession asked me to pray very much for the Church "which is going through so much these days."