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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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Embracing the Stranger

Embracing the Stranger

Reflections on the Ambivalent Hospitality of LGBTIQ Catholics

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Michael Sepidoza Campos

Fordham University Press

This chapter adopts a strategy of avoiding the language of official teaching in order to permit greater theological imagination to inform the discussion. It uses the symbol of the stranger to investigate the relationships of LGBTQ Catholics with the church. It attempts to broaden ecclesial discourse not only to examine those standing at the margins but to develop a relational theory that involves all persons in a process of opening themselves to the mystery of otherness. It details the ambivalent welcome of the church to the stranger and describes how encounters between stranger and host reveal a network of relationships, which add layers of richness and complexity to existing theological monologue, upholding both familiarity and mystery. It concludes that the welcome of the stranger is inherent to the identity of the Catholic community; the welcome of the hosts by the stranger is the paradox that reminds the community of its own profound mysteries.

Keywords:   Catholics, LGBTQ, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer

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