UPDATE, 23-12-2015- Maureen Malarkey has been contacted by the Patristic Institute and informed that the event is NOT taking place there. However, the London Daily Mail, that originally published the story has yet to issue a retraction or to correct their error. You can read that story here. I have taken a screen shot of the Daily Mail post, shown below, in case the remove the story withour retraction. I have edited the text 1. to highlight my original suspicion on the story in bold and current corrections in
Mandeville, LA – Under the style of “Theology of The Clitoris” Maureen Mullarkey informs us of a most bizarre and troubling conference to [allegedly] be attended by Pope Francis, that will provide “hands on…live cases” for the study of female, genital stimulation enhancement. The events transpiring in and around the Vatican are disturbing but this takes disturbing to the level of abuse. If true, is there no one in the Pope’s administrative circle that counsels the aged adage of “first, do no harm”!?
“In effect, the Patristic Institute is assenting to the advancement of a non-medical enterprise that exploits anxieties and fixations induced by X-rated fantasies of female genital perfection.”
What is even more troubling is the fact that the public discussion of sex, removed from pro-creation, as a legitimate act of pleasure has been condemned by every council that has discussed it and forcefully in our own time by Pius XI:
“Such persons grievously err in refusing to recognize the inborn weakness of human nature, and the law of which the Apostle speaks, fighting against the law of the mind; and also in ignoring the experience of facts, from which it is clear that, particularly in young people, evil practices are the effect not so much of ignorance of intellect as of weakness of a will exposed to dangerous occasions, and unsupported by the means of grace.”
Note that Pius’s encyclical concerns the [then] failings of “Christian education”, failings that have now germinated into
Papal education. Lord help us…