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Disgraced Theologian Sr. Farley Advocates Same-Sex Marriage, Female Ordination

Sister Margaret Farley, RSM, whose book was condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and who was once called the "the undisputed matriarch of dissenting U.S. Catholic ethicists,” is at it again.

At an event at which she endorsed same-sex marriage and women’s ordination, according to the Detroit Free Press, she also said she is delighted by Pope Francis. Why?

“He seems teachable,” she reportedly said.

The shocking comment was made by the former Yale University professor whose book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, was used as source material in many Catholic college classrooms as recently as this year.

At the event, organized by “progressive” Catholics at the Mercy Conference Center outside Detroit, Farley reportedly spoke about her support for same-sex marriage coming from her love of a nephew who identified as gay.

“I have a beloved nephew who was all those things — wise, holy. And I’m absolutely certain that he was all those things because he grew up in our family,” Farley reportedly said. “Our family could never have condemned him.”

The Church does not call on anyone to condemn people struggling with same-sex attraction. In fact, the Catechism states that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

Sr. Farley also reportedly spoke about her support for women’s ordination. “I think that women at this juncture are in some way key, because, for example, we do have the problem that there are not enough priests,” she reportedly said. “I think that eventually it will be necessary to ordain married men and women, married or not. But how that development will finally take place, what the evolution will be, I don’t know.”

Sr. Farley, who taught at Yale University for many years, also served on the board of trustees at The University of Detroit-Mercy.

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