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Dissident religious thinks Pope may be 'teachable'

Catholic World News - September 16, 2013

Sister Margaret Farley, whose work on sexual ethics drew a caution from the Vatican, told an audience in Michigan that she is encouraged by the leadership of Pope Francis.

“He seems teachable,” said Sister Farley, a retired Yale Divinity School professor. She said that she continues to espouse the positions that prompted the Vatican’s critical scrutiny—including support for ordination of women and for legal recognition of same-sex unions—because to do otherwise would “contradict one’s integrity.”

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  • Posted by: mclom2107 - Sep. 18, 2013 7:48 AM ET USA

    I cannot help it, I am sorry ... har-har-har-har-har :-) Still wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes after 24 hours of hearing this! Thank you for this post and God bless you and all your hard work. If I ever won a lottery your site would surely be a beneficiary.

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Sep. 17, 2013 8:23 PM ET USA

    why people still refer to her as "sister" or "religious" or "nun"? --- she is none of that!!! and why is she still allowed to speak publicly in any institutions affiliated with Catholic Church?

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Sep. 17, 2013 11:09 AM ET USA

    Has Sister Farley never read Deut. 18 :19, "If any man will not listen to My words which he speaks in My Name, I myself will make him answer for it"? Or perhaps she takes her solace from the words of The Word himself, "one's integrity is the way and the truth and the life"?

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 17, 2013 1:42 AM ET USA

    And the band played on....nothing from the archbishop, allowing her to spread error in a Catholic school, support from another "theology" professor, theology at Yale (versus a Catholic school) and suggesting that Pope Francis will change or bend the Magisterium because she thinks so? These are the people who have wrought among the worst ills in the Church - yet another generation of Catholics who don't know what Catholicism is. (Sister sounds like she'd be a lot happier as a Protestant.)

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 16, 2013 5:45 PM ET USA

    The question in my mind as I read the Free Press article was, "Is Margaret Farley teachable?" It appears that Yale educated her beyond her capacity to think, and her remarks about the Church are truly scandalous.

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