Bill Lindsey, writing about the German theologians’ response to the Catholic global survey on marriage and the family, remembered Margaret Farley’s Pioneering Work in the field of sexual ethics and justice:
As I thought about that statement during the rest of the day, it occurred to me that I very much need to remind readers of the important work in the field of sexual ethics done by Margaret Farley. In 2012, I did a series of postings excerpting material from Farley’s significant book Just Love (which the U.S. Catholic bishops found objectionable). As that series of postings notes, Farley has been a pioneer among Catholic theologians in applying the norm of justice to Catholic teachings about human sexuality.
She has been a pioneer in insisting that we cannot adequately do sexual ethics while prescinding from questions about justice. And it’s perhaps for that insistence that the U.S. Catholic bishops think her theology is not sufficiently Catholic and not sufficiently deferential to the magisterium.
Here’s the first in that series I did in 2012 regarding Just Love. Click on Farley’s name in the label below that posting, and the whole series should pop up, in case you’re interested in it.