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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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Learning to Speak

Learning to Speak

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Kelby Harrison

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the themes of language and queer voices as the chapter wrestles with the subject of what it is possible to say about sexual diversity in the context of the dominant forces of church, institutions, and society in postmodern times. It posits that LGBTQ Catholics and post-Catholics live amidst the tension between minority sexual identities/discourse and the silencing authority of the Roman Catholic Church. It explicates the paradox that both sides in this battle are foundationally oriented toward the good yet remain at odds. The chapter does so through careful analysis of the generation and control of discourse by regimes of power, the implications of understanding queer orientation as a spatial reference of embodiment, and narrative theory in which all persons orient their life stories toward the moral good.

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

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