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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchVoices of Our Times$
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Christine Firer Hinze and J. Patrick Hornbeck II

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256570

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.001.0001

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A Delicate Dance

A Delicate Dance

Utilizing and Challenging the Sexual Doctrine of the Catholic Church in Support of LGBTIQ Persons

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(p.107) 10 A Delicate Dance
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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
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Teresa Delgado

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.003.0011

In this chapter, a professor of Christian ethics at a Roman Catholic liberal arts college describes the ways in which her campus community responded to a transgender colleague who had undergone genital reassignment surgery and to a group of students who had advocated for a public event on safer sex practices. Both situations represented opportunities for participants to engage in the “subtle, complex, and poignant interpersonal, institutional, and moral ‘dance’” that characterizes discussions of LGBTQ concerns in Catholic institutions of higher education. Naming this dance prompts a discussion of a series of questions about heterosexual privilege, conscience, institutional identity, and her own identity as a Catholic, heterosexual, feminist scholar.

Keywords:   college professors, Christian ethics, transgender, safe sex, Catholic colleges

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