More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Voices of Our Times by Christine Firer HinzeMore than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Voices of Our Times by Christine Firer Hinze

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

EditorChristine Firer Hinze, J. Patrick Hornbeck, II

Paperback | March 3, 2014

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The Second Vatican Council's landmark document Gaudium et spes called Catholics to cultivate robust, mutually enriching dialogue with the modern world by attentively and discerningly listening to the "voices of our times." This distinctive new publication, the first of two volumes that exploresexual diversity and the Catholic Church, gathers an important set of these voices: the testimonies and reflections of Catholic and former Catholic LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) persons, their friends, family members, and those who teach and accompany them.Drawn from a series of conferences held in autumn 2011 and offering a spectrum of professional, generational, and personal perspectives, the essays in Voices of Our Times suggest the breadth and complexity of Catholic experiences of and engagements with sexual diversity. Each writer locates her orhis reflections in careful attention to how ways of experiencing sexuality and speaking about sexual diversity are embodied in and shaped by particular practices-familial, interpersonal, professional, ecclesial, cultural, and political. Part I, "Practicing Love," introduces the voices of singles, families, couples, parents, and children who reflect on their experiences of sexual diversity in light of their experiences of Catholicism and of Catholics. Part II, "Practicing Church," offers the perspectives of clergy and lay ministers,casting light on what pastoral workers, Catholic and otherwise, encounter as they walk with people who are grappling with issues of faith and sexuality. In Part III, "Practicing Education," writers discuss their experiences with sexual diversity in Catholic educational settings as teachers, asstudents, and as witnesses to the lives, loves, and struggles of LGBTQ young adults. Finally, Part IV, "Practicing Belonging," spotlights contributions by authors who have struggled with their identities and place within and around the Catholic community.Striving to acknowledge, honor, and respect the truth and value embodied in both LGBTQ persons' lives and in the Catholic tradition, this book provides a close-to-the-ground look at the state of the conversation about sexual diversity among contemporary Roman Catholics in the United States. Alongwith its companion volume, Inquiry, Thought, and Expression, Voices of Our Times represents a unique opportunity for readers inside and outside the Catholic community to engage in a conversation that is at once vibrant and complex, difficult and needed. The volume contributes to further theologicalreflection by offering a palette of voices that model respectful, truthful, and educative listening and speaking about the "joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties" (Gaudium et spes, 1) of persons touched by, and grappling with, the relationship between faith and authentic sexual flourishing intwenty-first-century church and society.
Christine Firer Hinze is professor of theology and director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics (Oxford University Press, 1995). J. Patrick Hornbeck, II is Associate Professor of Theology and Medieval Studies and ch...
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Title:More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church: Voices of Our TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 3, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823256588

ISBN - 13:9780823256587

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This book succeeds in making ecclesial space for LGBT Catholics.All of the contributors to this volume do more than simply speak back to church officials; they also, and perhaps more importantly, speak to and with other Catholics"