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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 Call to Listen

A Call to Listen

The Church’s Pastoral and Theological Response to Gays and Lesbians

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Thomas Gumbleton

Fordham University Press

This chapter illumines the world of the pre-Vatican II seminary and parish and describes the ways these contexts shaped and limited priests’ pastoral approaches to questions of sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular. Shortly after the author of this chapter was ordained a bishop in the late 1960s, his younger brother, who had been married to a woman for fifteen years, announced to his extended family that he was gay. This revelation became the catalyst for a long familial and personal process that eventually led him to new perspectives on church teaching concerning sexuality and transformed his ways of understanding, supporting, and accompanying gay and lesbian Catholics in their faith journeys.

Keywords:   priests, sexuality, homosexuality, Catholics, church, faith, gays

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