There is an error in the CDF’s notification concerning the book ‘Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics’ by Sister Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M. It is a pretty significant error, one that you might not expect the Holy See to make. The CDF writes to Margaret Farley as if she were a member of the Catholic Church. The CDF is mistaken. She is not a Catholic Christian, nor even a Christian at all. She is an apostate from Catholicism and from Christianity.
In truth, Margaret A. Farley is not a Catholic. She does not believe that the Catholic Church has any teaching authority at all. As the CDF points out, she mostly ignores the teachings of the Magisterium. And when she does occasionally mention the Magisterium, its teachings are treated as merely one opinion among many, not as teachings and not as authoritative teachings. A person who completely rejects the Catholic Church as Teacher is not a Roman Catholic.
Is Farley then a Protestant Christian, someone who rejects the Magisterium, but at least accepts Sacred Scripture as the infallible Word of God? Not at all. Her answers to important questions on matters of morality are not based on Sacred Scripture, nor on Sacred Tradition, nor on the Magisterium. Her beliefs and teachings are essentially non-Christian, except perhaps in the most superficial way possible. She is a secular author, with secular beliefs, based on the prevalent views of sinful secular society and her own philosophy.
There are many similar authors in the world today, authors who present themselves as if they were Catholic theologians, and yet they have completely abandoned Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium as the threefold source of truth on matters of faith, morals, and salvation. Their beliefs and teachings are essentially non-Catholic and non-Christian. They are apostates from Christianity. And yet they receive holy Communion and present themselves as teachers of the faithful.
The CDF should not issue a notification about such persons. Instead, the Holy See should excommunicate all such apostates and heretics, especially those who claim to be teachers over the faithful. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, preying on the poor and weak flock of Jesus Christ.