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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchInquiry, Thought, and Expression$
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J. Patrick Hornbeck II and Michael A. Norko

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257621.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

J. Patrick Hornbeck

Michael A. Norko

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main themes. This book represents an effort to memorialize and broaden the discussions begun in the scholarly presentations from a previous volume that comprised one focus of the “More than a Monologue” series of conferences held in the fall of 2011. The conferences were meant to represent more than the most often heard monologic voice, that of the institutional church, on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues and persons both within and outside of the church. In the first volume, subtitled Voices of Our Times, contributors reflected on their personal and professional experiences of Catholic responses to and engagements with sexual diversity. This volume continues the conversation by bringing together academic writings by theologians, ethicists, legal scholars, literary critics, and advocates. The chapter also reviews the historical development of official Catholic statements about LGBTQ issues as well as the development of theological responses to those teachings.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, LGBTQ, sexual diversity, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer

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