Document Type

Contribution to Book

Language

eng

Format of Original

5 p.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Fordham University Press

Source Publication

More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Voices of Our Time

Source ISSN

9780823256570

Original Item ID

doi: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.003.0009

Abstract

This chapter presents a critique—based on the chapter’s author’s own experiences as a university teacher, parish minister, and pastoral advocate—of the deleterious effects of what he calls “the pervasive climate of fear” and reactivity that surrounds even modest attempts at open conversation among Catholics about sexual diversity and the church. It suggest that this climate of fear is debilitating and dangerous, especially within a faith community charged by Jesus to “be not afraid.” Left unaddressed, this fear has wide-ranging effects that threaten the well-being not only of LGBT Catholics but of all Catholics and indeed the very mission and identity of the church.

Comments

Published version. "The Experience of a Pastoral Advocate and Implications for the Church," in More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Voices of Our Times. Eds. Christine Firer Hinze and J. Patrick Hornbeck II. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014: 91-95. DOI. © Fordham University Press 2014. Used with permission.

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