Sexuality and Catholicism

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"A balanced, broad summary of Catholicism's response to sexuality." KirkusSexuality and Catholicism offers a concise and well-rounded analysis of all the most important and most widely discussed issues concerning sexuality and Roman Catholicism. The theme of this volume--the sin of sexuality--is as old as the creation story and as new as the Vatican's reassertion that divorced and remarried Catholics must choose between the sacraments and having sex in marriage. A daily presence in the news, this highly controversial subject affects millions
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Overview

"A balanced, broad summary of Catholicism's response to sexuality." KirkusSexuality and Catholicism offers a concise and well-rounded analysis of all the most important and most widely discussed issues concerning sexuality and Roman Catholicism. The theme of this volume--the sin of sexuality--is as old as the creation story and as new as the Vatican's reassertion that divorced and remarried Catholics must choose between the sacraments and having sex in marriage. A daily presence in the news, this highly controversial subject affects millions within the church and millions more who look to the church for moral guidance.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Editor of the liberal National Catholic Reporter, Fox suggests that the Vatican's absolutist approach, condemning artificial contraception, abortion, homosexual acts and sterilization as gravely immoral and unnatural, ignores contemporary scientific discussion and the experience of ordinary people. Carefully reviewing the Catholic Church's often contradictory moral reasoning on sexuality from earliest times to the present, he concludes that the church hierarchy began a serious effort to condemn birth control only in this century. He scrutinizes recent changes within the priesthood: pressures to allow marriage and women's ordination, a rise in the number of gay priests and reports of priests molesting children. The church's denial or downplaying of such reports, he believes, has alienated many Catholic laypeople already disenchanted with official positions on sexuality. Fox surveys contemporary efforts to create an open-minded, creation-centered theology, led by priest Thomas Beryr and ex-Dominican Matthew Fox, who stress humanity's place within the unfolding evolution of the cosmos. This important, farsighted book lays a groundwork for healing and renewal within the church. (Nov.)
Booknews
Fox (editor, National Catholic Reporter) tackles the controversial subject of human sexuality and its myriad manifestations within the context of Catholic religiosity hoping, as he says in his preface, to "move past a point of polarization to an acceptance of sexuality and faith as gifts of a loving Creator." He discusses the history of the church's views on sexuality and the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae and the more recent Evangelium Vitae, analyzing the issues of abortion, homosexuality, priest pedophilia, birth control, and the role of women in the church. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807614686
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,311,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas C Fox is the publisher of the National Catholic Reporter.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Preface 3
I Sexuality and the Christian Tradition 7
II Church Reform 39
III Birth Control 65
IV Abortion 85
V Homosexuality 129
VI Celibacy 163
VII Women and the Church 199
VIII Carnal Love 249
IX Population 281
X Sex and Authority 299
XI Theology and the Future 335
Notes 355
Index 369
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