Vatican rebukes abortion-friendly nun Sr. Margaret Farley

By William Stover   
June 07, 2012
Margaret Farley
Pro-abortion nun: Sister Margaret A. Farley.
Crowning an investigation spanning several years, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a sharp rebuke of Sr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M. The Vatican notification, directed at Sr. Farley’s book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, comes in response to the dissident nun’s failure to clarify certain doctrinal issues raised by the Congregation in a 2010 preliminary investigation.

“Among the many errors and ambiguities of this book are its positions on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions, the indissolubility of marriage and the problem of divorce and remarriage," according to the Congregation.  Also highlighted is the book’s failure to recognize the “role of the Church’s Magisterium as the teaching authority of the bishops united with the Successor of Peter.”

Despite her obligations as a Catholic nun, “Sr. Farley either ignores the constant teaching of the Magisterium or, where it is occasionally mentioned, treats it as one opinion among others” and “manifests a defective understanding of the objective nature of the natural moral law.”

This is not the first time Sr. Farley has been called out on her errant and heretical positions. In 1984, she co-signed a newspaper ad for Catholics for Free Choice, which explicitly dissented from the perennial Catholic teaching on the immorality of abortion. The assertions in this ad were condemned by the Catholic Bishops of America as “not clear and consistent,” “not correct” and “not substantiated by scholarly research.”

In 2010, TFP Student Action launched a campaign urging the University of Detroit Mercy, a Jesuit institution, to severe its scandalous ties to the abortion industry, which included web-links to Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women, as well as Sr. Farley’s inclusion on the Board of Trustees. Garnering over 11,000 messages of protest, the campaign did see the removal of some links to Planned Parenthood. Now, Sr. Farley is no longer on the Board of this Catholic institution.

The Congregation has sent a clear signal by issuing its document: Sr. Farley’s obstinate rejection of Catholic doctrine is unacceptable and unconscionable and Catholics must not be led astray by them.

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+12 # Chanelle Mattiuzzo 2012-06-10 10:02
Why has this woman - I will not dignify her with the title 'Sister' or 'nun' - been allowed to carry on with her wicked stance, which is in direct opposition to teachings of the Church, without being excommunicated? It is high time the Holy Father cut this dead wood from the church, and did not allow them to continue to call themselves 'Catholics'.
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+7 # Charles Azzopardi 2012-06-15 10:44
Chanelle, you are absolutely right. The church should excommunicate her. If she doesn't like the rules, she should get out !!! Nobody is forcing her hand to stay.

God Bless.
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+5 # pat78 2012-06-15 15:46
She has already excommunicated herself with her diliberate actions contrary to Church teachings. It's up to us to inform others of this fact.
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+6 # maddie Babineau 2012-06-15 12:36
this Farley woman is supposed to be a bride of Christ but instead she prefers to hold hands with satan.anyone with 1/2 a brain can understand the reality and crime of abortion. It's disgusting that she would call herself sister or a nun. the church needs to send her packing.
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+3 # Evelyn Pelosi 2012-06-15 17:00
I was greatly priviledged to be educated by holy nuns who were proud to dress as nuns and as brides of Christ were faithful to their vocation. They had abandoned the world to teach sound Catholic doctrine to the girls entrusted to their care. Each day after prayers and before lessons began they would remind us we were here for only one reason, the Glory of God and the salvation of our souls.
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+3 # Phyllis Eggens 2012-06-15 19:12
Why has the Catholic Church not excommunicated this SISTER from her order. A nun must follow the beliefs of her order not to mention the church. She may call herself a Catholic, but it is apparent that she makes up her own the church a favor and get rid of her.
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+3 # Maureen Sullivan 2012-06-16 01:16
I abhor what she has done and that it has been going on for over 20 years!! At the same time Jesus said to "Pray for your enemies" and therefore let us pray for her, that she will have a total conversion---like St Paul......
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