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Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood: A Bishop's Provocative Inquisition Paperback – August 18, 2011


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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (August 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462038417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462038411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lou A. Bordisso is Bishop Emeritus within the Old Catholic tradition serving the American Catholic Diocese of California. He provides psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, and spiritual care for ordained clergy and lay ministers. Bordisso has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for more than two decades.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mab on December 5, 2011
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I bought this book hoping that it might shed some new or different light on the difficult questions of clerical celibacy. However, the book is largely a collection of short stories and the reader learns very little that is new and has no information that allows him or her to assess how representative these stories really are. In short, the book was, for me, uninformative and fairly boring. I wouldn't recommend that you invest your money or time on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarah reader on November 13, 2011
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For those interested in a real-life account by priests who have struggled with celibacy this is the book for you. It is very personal and also very honest as each priest shares his real life story. The author does give some good points on the issue and clarifies the problems with living out this difficult vow.
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Reviewed by James T. BRETZKE, S.J., Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(Bordisso) "argues for alternative models of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests that “recognize both a traditional (sexual abstinence) and a contemporary (sexually active) definition of celibacy,” which should “embrace the reality that a significant number of priests are indeed sexually active” (pp. x-xi). After a brief introductory chapter outlining some of the research on clerical sexual activity conducted by Richard Sipe and Bordisso himself, the bulk of this short work is given over to extended anecdotal reports of a number of priest-respondents to Bordisso’s questionnaire on lived sexual experiences among the clergy. These reports are grouped by sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual) and present a spectrum of frank responses to the difficulties encountered in trying to remain continent. Some men continue the struggle, others have given up, and others have staked out a sort of middle ground of maintaining a committed, though private longer-term relationship with another individual. Echoing Sipe’s well-known position on the problems in structurally maintaining an enforced discipline of clerical celibacy in the Church, Bordisso’s operative thesis seems to be that since there are a significant number of individuals who have struggled and failed to live celibate lives the Church should simply recognize this reality and change her expectations of committed celibacy, which he then outlines in the book’s two very brief concluding chapters (pp. 60-71).
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In order to better understand how priests deal with their sexuality, Lou Bordisso asked them. Each priest was also asked to self identify their sexual preference. The variety of ways priests deal with their sexuality will help understand the problems the church is currently having as well as the current hot topic of homosexuality.
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