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The Vatican denounced an American nun, Sister Margaret A. Farley, on Monday for her theological teachings in support of same-sex relationships, remarriage after divorce and masturbation.

In her awarding-winning 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework For Christian Sexual Ethics, Sister Farley writes that “masturbation … usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” Sister Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a professor of Christian ethics at Yale University, also wrote:

“[S]ame-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities … therefore same-sex oriented persons as well as their activities can and should be respected whether or not they have a choice to be otherwise.”

In what seems to be continuous attempts to suppress the voices and ideas of women in the Catholic Church, the Vatican sent a notification to Sister Farley, stating “the deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.” (The Vatican has also recently said that American nuns have been promoting radical feminism and their ideas continuously challenge those of the bishops.)

Why the crackdown on Sister Farley? To assert their “authority,” the Vatican officials stated in March that while “investigation and questioning” by theologians, such as Sister Farley, are “justified and even necessary,” the final say on the “authentic interpretation” of the Catholic faith primarily belongs to the Catholic bishops.

The Catholic faith practiced at my own university also does not shy away from the sex-is-only-for-procreation teaching. From a 3:30 AM guest curfew every night in each dorm, to the first-floor windows being permitted about three-inches of breathing room, engaging in sexual acts is nearly impossible.

But on the other hand, though my university requires a 24-hour-in-advance notification regarding same-sex guests spending the night, it widely embraces the LGBT club and community throughout the campus, hosting events and meetings to welcome the group with open arms.

Catholic teachings say that sex for pleasure and homosexuality are both “sins.” So why, then, is one “sin” embraced, while the other condemned and hush-hushed? Why have Sister Farley’s theological teachings regarding same-sex relationships reached my university, while her view of sexual acts for pleasure are completely squelched?

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