Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (winner of the 2008 Grawemeyer Award) by Margaret Farley of the Yale Divinity School has been criticized by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Notification of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley's Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.
The National Catholic Reporter and the Huffington Post covered the story. You can find Margaret Farley's response here.
Praise for Just Love:
"Farley is best known for her largeness of spirit and for the demanding intelligence she brings to her teaching and writing. Her new book exudes those qualities. . . . Farley's manner is academic but not obscure, and once readers grow comfortable with it, they will reap the benefits of wisdom gleaned from decades of teaching and scholarship. . . . I consider Just Love an important resource and spur for further collaboration among Christians and others on the knotty issues of sexual ethics. Throughout her book, Farley evinces the sort of intellectual modesty that comes from great learning and an open mind. . . . Just Love does not provide all the answers concerning sexual ethics. But it does lay out a serious and solid framework for thinking about them."--Commonweal
"On a topic about which too many angry polemics are written, Farley's calm, commonsense style comes as a relief. . . . This will be a wonderful book to use with students. . . . In a society where sex is used to sell nearly everything . . . Margaret Farley has the guts and the clarity of mind to give as a third alternative to 'narrowly constituted moral systems and rules' on the one hand and sexual chaos on the other."--The Christian Century
"Just Love carries to a new level Farley's analysis of different world-views and cultural systems. . . . As a theologian, Farley gives us a social ethic of sex that incorporates both the biblical 'option for the poor' and the orientation of Catholic social thought to the universal common good. As a feminist, she reminds Catholics that their tradition should make its global option for women more consistent, more explicit and more effective, especially in the areas of sex, motherhood, marriage and family."--America