Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism

Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism

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by Melinda Selmys
     
 

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Real glimpses into the hearts and lives of other people are rare...

Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh, sincere perspective. Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between

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Real glimpses into the hearts and lives of other people are rare...

Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh, sincere perspective. Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals. Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaks directly to every Christian who has experienced same-sex attraction or knows someone who has.

In addition to her personal story of exchanging secular lesbianism for Catholicism and resolving her own inner conflicts, the author presents an enlightening analysis of history, social theory, and media influence on the subject of homosexuality. She refutes much of the clumsy theorizing and "junk science" common to both sides of the debate, effectively bridging gaps between perception and reality. Selmys addresses the complexities surrounding sexual identity with pronounced compassion, adding a practical discussion of the Theology of the Body to complete the circle from a Catholic perspective.

This groundbreaking book expertly walks the fine line between divisiveness and platitudes -- a must-read for everyone who has ever felt ambiguous about the Church's stance on homosexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612781778
Publisher:
Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
752,818
File size:
387 KB

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Sexual Authenticity 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Craw More than 1 year ago
The must be the best book I have ever read on the subject of human relationship (don't be put off by the subtitle -the subject is much wider and deeper that homosexuality and the catholic church as it touches upon almost every aspect of human relationships in family marriage and society). Melinda Selmys continually returns to the teaching of the Bible which is clearly the source of all that she says. She also draws from an amazing breadth of writings ranging from John Paul II's massive encyclical on Human sexuality to Harry Potter. It is a logical sane and clearly thought through work and mercilessly cuts through all the hypocrisy and cant the manipulation and politics of the media and the half baked ideas of the liberal atheistic intelligence- the ideas that are half concealed in the words and terms that are adopted and are so easily swallowed whole by our all too receptive generation. It is also easy to read, laced as it is with humour and every day references that we can understand. One of its great strengths is that it is written from her own experience which she reveals with an honesty and transparency which is breathtaking. It is life affirming in the fullest sense. It is authoritive too - she knows what she is talking about. More than all of that it takes a fresh wholesome and hope filled look at one of the most contentious subject of our time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another example of religion brainwashing people to be disgusted with themselves. Growing up in a highly Catholic environment, I was taught to despise and reject a part of myself for being gay. You don't "give up homos-xuality". You force yourself to fit in with what society says, regardless of whether you feel happy or not. Fun fact: the author is bi. She never changed. She was taught to reject her feelings and love for women, but they're still there /: