Human Sexuality In The Catholic Tradition / Edition 1

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Overview

Contemporary culture provides conflicting and confusing messages about the meaning and purpose of human sexuality, and often sex education that is offered often does not promote a mature, integrated understanding of sexuality. Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition meets the great need for pastoral guidance in addressing moral issues of sexuality in both the Church and broader culture today. Kieran Scott and Harold Horell explore with other leading scholars how to draw from the best Christian faith traditions to renew our understanding of sexuality, explore the integration of our sexuality and our spirituality, and develop life-affirming and life-sustaining ways of approaching contemporary sexual issues. This book explores sexuality from spiritual, psychological, moral and ministerial perspectives, and addresses specific issues such as sex and marriage, celibacy, homosexuality, and cohabitation.

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Editorial Reviews

Intams Review
A valuable contribution....A comprehensive and very readable approach....This is a very good book. It should be read by every bishop, especially those in the United States who couldn't bring themselves to deal openly with the subjects of marriage and sexuality. The people of God already know that it is time to move on and to reconstruct a credible approach to human sexuality. The essays presented in this volume contribute significantly to that project.
Patricia Beattie Jung
This is a marvelous collection of essays, progressive in their attention to the growing edges of tradition and faithful to the roots of the moral wisdom of ages past.
Lisa Sowle Cahill
This book shows that silence about sex is just as damaging to the church as is moral analysis that is out of touch with the realities people face in modern cultures. Kieran Scott and Harold D. Horell bring together history, theology, psychology, sociology, politics, and economics and have assembled an absorbing work on matters of sex, gender, and relationships that can speak to all Catholics. Theologians, church teachers, pastoral ministers, and educators will discover a wealth of information, insight, and creativity in this book.
Maryanne Confoy
The depth and breadth of the expertise of the contributors whom Scott and Horell have gathered provide readers with new understandings of a vital area for contemporary theological and pastoral concerns. This is a much-needed and timely addition to the shelves of scholars, ministers, and educators!
INTAMS review
A valuable contribution....A comprehensive and very readable approach....This is a very good book. It should be read by every bishop, especially those in the United States who couldn't bring themselves to deal openly with the subjects of marriage and sexuality. The people of God already know that it is time to move on and to reconstruct a credible approach to human sexuality. The essays presented in this volume contribute significantly to that project.
Gabriel Moran
This refreshingly candid collection of essays is frank about the contemporary gap between official teachings and the ordinary experience of most Catholics. Scott and Horell are to be congratulated for presenting thoughtful dialogues about sex in a spiritual, political, and scientific context, and proposing some helpful steps toward resolving the current church crisis.
INTAMS review: Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality
A valuable contribution....A comprehensive and very readable approach....This is a very good book. It should be read by every bishop, especially those in the United States who couldn't bring themselves to deal openly with the subjects of marriage and sexuality. The people of God already know that it is time to move on and to reconstruct a credible approach to human sexuality. The essays presented in this volume contribute significantly to that project.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742552418
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,115,022
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kieran Scott

Kieran Scott is associate professor religion and religious education at Fordham University. He is coeditor of Perspectives on Marriage and has authored several articles and essays for edited collections on related religious education and pastoral themes. Harold Horell is assistant professor of religious education at Fordham University. He has served as general editor for Horizons and Hope: The Future of Religious Education.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Foundational Issues of Human Sexuality Chapter 2 Moving Beyond the Sounds of Silence Chapter 3 Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality Chapter 4 A Pastoral Response Chapter 5 Toward Christian Sexual Maturity: Growing in Wisdom, Age and Grace Chapter 6 A Pastoral Response Chapter 7 A New Moral Discourse on Sexuality Chapter 8 A Pastoral Response Chapter 9 Sexuality and Relationships in Ministry Chapter 10 A Pastoral Response Part 11 Part II: Specific Issues Chapter 12 Engaging the Struggle: John Paul II on Personhood and Sexuality Chapter 13 A Disembodied "Theology of the Body": John Paul II on Love, Sex and Pleasure Chapter 14 Graceful Pleasures: Why Sex is Good for Your Marriage Chapter 15 The Gift of Celibacy Chapter 16 Always Our Children? Young Catholics Consider the Pastoral Message Chapter 17 A Tortured Trio: Sexuality, Adolescents and Moral Theology Chapter 18 Cohabitation: A Reassessment Chapter 19 Sexuality and the Church: Finding Our Way

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