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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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Seminary, Priesthood, and the Vatican’s Homosexual Dilemma

Seminary, Priesthood, and the Vatican’s Homosexual Dilemma

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(p.86) 4 Seminary, Priesthood, and the Vatican’s Homosexual Dilemma
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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
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Gerard Jacobitz

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257621.003.0005

This chapter describes a range of problems that conflicting church teachings create for seminarians and their vocation directors, for practicing priests, and for the Vatican. It argues that the church extols the foundational principles of the essential dignity of the person and the reliability of human reason informed by practical experience, but that these together militate against the arguments the church advances in its teachings about homosexuality. It analyzes theological anthropology, the fruits of human sciences, and the human experience of sexual orientation as dilemmas for the church in attempting to retain its notion of homosexuality as intrinsically disordered. It argues that the rigid exclusion of gay men from seminaries presents a similar dilemma, especially in the light of the human experience of lay Catholics who demonstrate increasing support for LGBT issues. Finally, the implications for considering the charism of celibacy apart from the call to priesthood are discussed.

Keywords:   church teachings, homosexuality, sexual orientation, gay men, Catholics, celibacy

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