Maureen Dowd: Pleasure Is Her Business

Today’s New York Times features Op-It Girl Maureen Dowd’s latest installment in her Vatican jihad over sex, contraception, and etc.

Is Pleasure a Sin?

It’s hard to say what is weirder:

A Sister of Mercy writing about the Kama Sutra, sexual desire and “our yearnings for pleasure.”

Or the Vatican getting so hot and bothered about the academic treatise on sexuality that the pope censures it, causing it to shoot from obscurity to the top tier of’s best-seller list six years after it was published.

Just the latest chapter in the Vatican’s thuggish crusade to push American nuns — and all Catholic women — back into moldy subservience.

At issue is “‘Just Love: a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,’ by Sister Margaret Farley — a 77-year-old professor emeritus at Yale’s Divinity School, a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar — [which] came out in 2006.”

The Vatican is now on that “academic treatise” like Brown on Williamson, leading Dowd to this conclusion:

This latest ignoble fight with a noble nun adds to the picture of a Catholic Church in a permanent defensive crouch, steeped in Borgia-like corruption and sexual scandals, lashing out at anyone who notes the obvious: They have lost track of right and wrong.

Your conclusion goes here.

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6 Responses to Maureen Dowd: Pleasure Is Her Business

  1. Samantha Khosla says:

    As someone who is not Catholic, but received a Catholic education, I have a real respect for the scholastic tradition, and it is amazing and reassuring to learn that a nun is taking a serious approach to sex and ethics and building on the groundwork laid by the Divinyls in 1991.

  2. If nuns looked like Christina Amphlett it would be easier to find god.

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