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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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Talking About Homosexuality by the (Church) Rules

Talking About Homosexuality by the (Church) Rules

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Mark D. Jordan

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins with a thought experiment in which the text contemplates the range of doctrines that would need to be altered if the Vatican decided to change its teaching on homosexuality. But such contemplation, it concludes, is not likely to bear fruit in the end due to the futility of continuing to advance pastoral, historical, philosophical, or theological arguments with the powers that suppress speech about homosexuality within the church. The chapter compares the historical trajectories of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in their considerations of homosexuality as part of the analysis of the underlying conditions and mechanisms of the silencing of speech. The chapter reflects upon the need for transformation of the structures of power in a gendered organization in which such power is the object of strong desire. Rather than continuing to engage in the tired debates of past decades, it encourages the development of new language about Catholic homosexuality as the way to move forward. The chapter also includes a response to this argument, which links his decision to the silencing of women.

Keywords:   homosexuality, Catholic Church, Anglican church, power, speech suppression

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