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Sister Margaret Farley and the Future of Catholic Higher Education

Did the Vatican’s notification of Sister Margaret Farley earlier this week have something to do with the Holy See’s interest in promoting Catholic identity in higher education? Although the notification concerned ideas in Sister Farley’s work on human sexuality that run counter to Catholic teaching, GetReligion columnist Terry Mattingly suggests that lurking in the background was the Vatican’s desire to make Catholic higher education more—well—Catholic:
As many stories have mentioned, Sister Farley is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. This means that she has been, and remains, a heavy hitter among people who to one degree or another work in higher education and claim the title “Catholic theologian.” I think it is safe to say that the digital files of your typical mainstream religion-beat reporter is packed with the telephone numbers of these women and men, and rightly so since so many of them are important sources on one side of this debate. Were Vatican officials sending a signal to the Catholic Theological Society of America, just as much as they were expressing displeasure with Sister Farley? Might this have something to do with the decades of debate about the implementation of the late, and now Blessed, Pope John Paul II’s manifesto on Catholic higher education — Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church)?
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