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Nun's book on sex tops best sellers after Vatican condemns it

The runaway success of a book by Sister Margaret A. Farley, after strongly worded criticism from the Vatican, may prove the adage that "all publicity is good publicity."
Nun's book on sex tops best sellers after Vatican condemns it

June 7, 2012
Authors are known to seek out glowing blurbs to help sell books, but they might consider courting a Vatican reprimand instead. After the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog condemned an American nun for a book she wrote on human sexuality this week, the book shot up Amazon.com’s bestseller list, becoming the #1 best selling religious studies book by Tuesday. On Wednesday , Sister Margaret A. Farley's "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," was the #16 best-selling book on Amazon overall, just ahead of Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” which has been on Amazon's bestseller list for well over a year. Farley's book has been on the list for three days. The Washington Post reported that the book was #142,982 on Amazon as recently as Monday. That was the day the Vatican revealed its censure of Sister Margaret A. Farley, who teaches at Yale Divinity School, over her 2006 book, which the church said is out of step with official church teaching on human sexuality, including masturbation and homosexuality. “Masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action,” the church said in a statement Monday that went on to characterize “homosexual acts” as “acts of grave depravity.” The reprimand warned church officials not to use Farley’s book, raising eyebrows in Catholic circles because she is one of the country’s most respected female Catholic theologians. Full Story: Vatican reprimand sends American nun's book up bestseller lists Source: CNN Belief Blog
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