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Sexual Diversity and Catholicism: Toward the Development of Moral Theology [Paperback]

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Item description for Sexual Diversity and Catholicism: Toward the Development of Moral Theology by Patricia Beattie Jung & Joseph Andrew Coray...

"Sexual Diversity and Catholicism" focuses specifically on Roman Catholic magisterial teachings on sexual diversity. It also wrestles with explicitly Roman Catholic views of the relationship among various sources of moral wisdom--between Church teachings, the Bible, philosophy, science, and experience--and how their interplay might contribute to the further development of Church teaching.

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The Roman Catholic Church has in recent decades sent mixed signals with regard to discrimination based on sexual identity. On the one hand, official documents have condemned violence and verbal abuse directed at persons of different sexual orientation; on the other hand, the Church has approved and lobbied for certain types of discrimination: in housing and employment, for example, and also with regard to marriage or civil unions.

"Sexual Diversity and Catholicism" focuses specifically on Roman Catholic magisterial teachings on sexual diversity. It also wrestles with explicitly Roman Catholic views of the relationship among various sources of moral wisdom (between Church teachings, the Bible, philosophy, science and experience) and how their interplay might contribute to the further development of Church teaching. It addresses the issue of sexual diversity and its legitimate expression under the headings "Interpreting Church Teachings, Interpreting the Bible, Interpreting Secular Disciplines, and Interpreting Human Experience."

"Part One: Interpreting Church Teachings," includes My Brother Dan," by Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton; "Unitive and Procreative Meaning: The Inseparable Link," by James P. Hanigan; "The Bridegroom and the Bride: The Theological Anthropology of John Paul II and Its Relation to the Bible and Homosexuality," by Susan A. Ross; and "The Church and Homosexuality: A Lonerganian Approach," by Jon Nilson.

"Part Two: Interpreting the Bible" contains "The Promise of Postmodern Hermeneutics for the Biblical Renewal of Moral Theology," by Patricia Beattie Jung; "Questions About the Construction of (Homo)sexuality: Same-Sex Relations in the Hebrew Bible," by Robert A. Di Vito; "Romans 1:26-27: The Claim That Homosexuality Is Unnatural," by Leland J. White; "The New Testament and Homosexuality?" by Bruce J. Malina; and "Perfect Fear Casteth Out Love: Reading, Citing, and Rape," by Mary Rose D'Angelo.

"Part Three: Interpreting Secular Disciplines" includes insights from the human and social sciences: "Homosexuality, Moral Theology, and Scientific Evidence," by Sidney Calahan; "Informing the Debate on Homosexuality: The Behavioral Sciences and the Church," by Isaiah Crawford and Brian D. Zamboni; and "Harming by Exclusion: On the Standard Concepts of Sexual Orientation, Sex, and Gender," by David T. Ozar.

"Part Four: Interpreting Human Experience," brings the voices of two of the Church's faithful women: "Papal Ideals, Marital Realities: One View From the Ground," by Cristinal. H. Traina; and "Catholic Lesbian Feminist Theology," by Mary E. Hunt.

"Patricia Beattie Jung, PhD, is associate professor of theology at Loyola University, Chicago.""

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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   311
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Michael Glazier Books
ISBN  081465939X  
ISBN13  9780814659397  

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Patricia Beattie Jung is a professor of Christian ethics and the Oubri A. Poppele Professor of Health and Welfare Ministries at St. Paul School of Theology. She is the coeditor of Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions.

Aana Marie Vigen is an assistant professor of ethics at Loyola University and the author of Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living."

Patricia Beattie Jung currently resides in the state of Illinois. Patricia Beattie Jung has an academic affiliation as follows - Saint Paul School of Theology.

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Rating: Zero or Five?  Apr 25, 2006
OK how about a 3! Five for clarity and one for content. An average of 3. It is equally clear that the position presented will NEVER be embraced by the Church's magisterium. With the election of Josef Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the final curtain has fallen on the "Spirit of Vatican II" fictional drama. Most of the actors in this drama are now toddling about the nursing home garden basking in the memory of times when it looked like they would shape the Church in their image. The real future of the Church is in: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy (Paperback)
Excellent book on topics that need to be discussed  May 3, 2003
Few topics are more controversial in the Catholic Church today--and indeed, in many other churches--than homosexuality. Unfortunately, the usual response to such controversy is to avoid discussing the topic in question, either by simply and nervously refusing to address it, or by using authority to squelch presentation of anything other than the "official" position (which all too often is the product of simplification or misunderstanding).

Jung and Coray are doing the Catholic Church, and wider society, a great service by attempting to open up theological discussion on the Church's teachings of homosexuality and human sexuality in general. The authors make the argument that Catholic teachings must not rely only on one particular reading of Scripture and tradition. Instead, the teachings must also take into account historical context of the times in which Scripture was written, current knowledge of the biological and social sciences, and life experiences that witness to the way God's Spirit is present in people's sexuality today. Jung and Coray and the other contributors to this book--most of whom are theologians associated with Chicago's Loyola University--thus provide a wide range of perspectives and much food for thought around the challenging topics addressed.

As a gay man raised in the Catholic tradition, this reviewer has had cause to question the Church's current teachings on human sexuality--for example, that marital sexual intercourse must always be open to the possibility of procreation, or that while a homosexual sexual orientation is not sinful, for two persons of the same sex to express love through sexual intimacy is sinful. Many of the authors in this collection raise similar questions about these teachings. The conclusion drawn by most of the essayists is that while there is certainly much truth and beauty to be found in the Church's sexual teachings, those teachings are at present based on an incomplete and sometimes inaccurate understanding of the full range of human experience.

One sincerely hopes that "Sexual Diversity and Catholicism" will be widely read and discussed among not just Catholics but anyone hoping to gain a better understanding of the many and diverse ways God's love is expressed through the beautiful gift of human sexuality.


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