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New Book by a Nun Stirs Controversy Among Catholics

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

At Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Jackson, church leaders talk about the importance of marriage between a man and a woman.

A top American theologian has contradicted many of the church teachings.

Saint Mary's Deacon Dale Brown said, "The Catholic Church is reviewing all nuns and their organizations for this type of thing. Sometimes our nuns do say things that are not in alliance with the Catholic teachings."

Sister Margaret Farley wrote a book "Just Love; A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics." In the book, she writes that she is in favor of gay marriage. She also writes that homosexuals should be respected.

Brown said, "Homosexuality as the Catholic Church teaches is wrong. They can remain homosexual, but they must remain celibate. They can not have sex in this relationship."

There are 78 million Catholics in the United States. Catholics are the largest religious denomination in the U.S, making up 25 percent of the population in the country.

In the book Sister Farley writes that masturbation can actually help a relationship instead of hurt a relationship. The Catholic Church strongly disagrees.

Brown said, "Masturbation is wrong. It's just like an adultery if you masturbate. It is wrong you are spilling your seed and in the Bible it says you shall not spill your seed. So masturbation is wrong."

In a statement the Vatican wrote that the book, "Affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexuality."

"The Catholic Church is not a smorgasbord. You can not pick and choose what you believe. The Catholic church teaching is solid," Brown said.