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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tales to astonish!! (Vatican condemns liberal views on sex!!)

Well strike me blind, whoever would have thought that the Vatican would take this attitude? I'm totally scratching my head about it all.
The Vatican has condemned an American nun for writing a book in which she praises female masturbation and approves divorce and gay sex and marriage, warning that the book must not be used by Catholic educators.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/vatican-throws-the-book-at-nuns-understanding-views-on-sexuality-20120605-1zub1.html#ixzz1wy0g1adY

Okay, folks,  I'm as revolted by the miserable morality of the Roman Catholic Church as anyone else. But just lately my Twitter feed has been full of people who are acting surprised. Really, how did you all expect them to react to such a book?

Of course it flies in the face of the Church's moral teachings, which it considers authoritative. Not that I want to make that sound like a bad thing.


Anonymous said...

This would be the perfect oppotunity for you to produce a post about abortion.

Pooposaurous said...

Apparently the attention the Vatican gave the book pushed it from number 142,982 on Amazon to 16th place.

Really Russell, you need to start hitting these powerful religious organisations where it hurts to get your book sales up. You have got to go further than merely asking for a secular society, you must demand an end to all forms of religion! Then you will be rich.

Russell Blackford said...

Yes, sometimes it seems you have sound crazy to get attention.