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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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Domine, Non Sum Dignus

Domine, Non Sum Dignus

Theological Bullying and the Roman Catholic Church

(p.164) 9 Domine, Non Sum Dignus
More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Patrick S. Cheng

Fordham University Press

This chapter draws parallels between the classroom bullying of LGBTQ youths (with its resultant harms) and the “theological bullying” by the Roman Catholic hierarchy of those who dissent from the church’s teachings on homosexuality (with its resultant harms). It argues that by its ongoing and deliberate actions, the hierarchy intends to silence dissenting voices through the use of terror (spiritual, economic, and political) and unbridled authority. It calls for the need to stop this repetitive cycle of bullying and the importance of witnesses who speak out and demand that all people be treated with dignity and respect as beings created in the image of God. It finds hope in the development of queer theologies, especially by theologians of color; the courage of queer theologians who have stayed within the Roman Catholic Church; the appearance of the many new voices of nonacademic Catholic theologians; and the emergence of new genres of affirming queer Catholic writings.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, LGBTQ, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, church hierarchy

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