The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption

The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption


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The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption by Peter Damian

“Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to cure, who will lead sick souls back to the state of health?”

With these words, St. Peter Damian introduces the Book of Gomorrah, undoubtedly the most stirringly eloquent and impassioned denunciation of sexual perversion ever penned by a Catholic saint. Although it was written almost a thousand years ago, the Book of Gomorrah in many ways seems addressed to our own times, associating the phenomena of clerical homosexual behavior and pederasty, and endorsing the imprisonment of clergy who are a danger to youth.

The Book of Gomorrah offers a scathing analysis of the evil of sodomy, while also expressing compassion for those who have fallen into such vice and the possibility of their redemption by the aid of divine grace. It explains the devastating effects of the vice both spiritually and psychologically, and warns that such behavior, particularly among the clergy, will bring down the wrath of God. It also urges the permanent defrocking of clerics who are habituated to homosexual behavior and endorses the permanent confinement those guilty of child sex abuse.

This new translation by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is the most accurate and faithful available in English, and carries a foreword by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara. It also includes a 10,000-word biographical introduction recounting Damian’s struggle against corruption in the Catholic Church, and a translator’s preface that breaks new scholarly ground and resolves old controversies about the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996704205
Publisher: Ite ad Thomam Books and Media
Publication date: 10/08/2015
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 228,841
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

St. Peter Damian (1007-1072) was an Italian eremitic monk and ecclesiastical reformer whose writings were among the most influential of the 11th century. Damian battled relentlessly against the ecclesiastical corruption of his day, speaking the truth fearlessly to popes, bishops, and clergy. His corpus of works include dozens of books, sermons, and letters, which focus on the monastic life, the doctrines of the faith, and the correction of abuses that were rife in the Catholic Church at the time. He was given title of Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Leo XII in 1823.

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman's award-winning articles have appeared hundreds of times in dozens of major newspapers, magazines, and news services, including the Wall Street Journal, London Sunday Times, Detroit News, LifeSite News, Catholic World Report, and the National Catholic Register. He has been a Latin America correspondent with LifeSite News since 2007, and oversaw the creation and initial direction of Notifam, LSN's Spanish and Portuguese language service. He is currently a graduate student at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, where he is certified for proficiency in Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez
Introduction: St. Peter Damian's Crusade against Ecclesiastical Corruption
Translator's Preface
Letter of endorsement by Pope St. Leo IX
I. The beginning of the Book of Gomorrah, by the humble monk, Peter Damian
II. On the different types of sodomites
III. That excessive mercy leads superiors to not prohibit the fallen from order
IV. That those who are habituated to filthy enjoyments should not be promoted to holy orders
V. Whether it is legitimate for such people to act as priests if the Church has need of it
VI. That those who seek ordination after having been involved in this vice are of a reprobate sense
VII. On rectors of the Church who are soiled with their spiritual children
VIII. Of those who confess their offenses to those with whom they have fallen
IX. Just as is the case with those who violate nuns, a prostitutor of monks must be deposed in accordance with the law
X. That he both he who falls with his carnal or spiritual daughter, and he who is soiled with his penitential son, should be accountable for the same offense
XI. Regarding apocryphal laws, in which whoever trusts, is altogether deceived
XII. The justifiable rejection of the above laws
XIII. That such foolishness is rightfully excluded from a number of canons, because their authorship is uncertain
XIV. Of those who fornicate irrationally, that is, who mix with animals, or are polluted with males
XV. Of those who, either with animals or with males,
were once polluted, or who continue to languish in this vice
XVI. Of clerics or monks who persecute males
XVII. The proper condemnation of sodomitic indecency
XVIII. A weeping lamentation over souls surrendered to the dregs of impurity
XIX. That therefore the soul should be mourned,
because it does not mourn
XX. That the service of an unworthy priest is the ruin of the people
XXI. That God does not wish to receive sacrifice from the hands of the impure
XXII. That no holy offering is received by God if it is stained by the filth of impurity
XXIII. That all of the above-named forms constitute sodomy
XXIV. An exhortation to the man who has fallen into sin,
that he might rise again
XXV. That for the taming of sexual desire, it should be sufficient to contemplate the rewards of chastity
XXVI. Where the writer defends himself commendably
XXVII. Where a statement is addressed to the lord pope
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