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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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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Frederick S. Roden

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the implications for the church and its faithful members of the divine commandment to love, particularly in the context of Catholic ministry to LGBTQ youth. It confronts the deceptiveness of a church that proclaims both the evil of homosexual activity and the evil of hate crimes directed at homosexuals. It traces the hierarchical silencing of dissident Catholic voices on sexual morality resulting in the inhibition of development of new moral theologies since the early twentieth century. The development of Catholic theologies of homosexuality was then, as now, left to the laity. Meanwhile, the souls of LGBTQ youth cry out in suffering for the mercy of God and are left without the comfort of a receptive Catholic moral theology that might be found in Christ’s loving identification with the suffering and marginalized.

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

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