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The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism Hardcover – June 7, 2000
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Gay Catholics, Jordan says, "should feel contrition for having pretended to have a sexual identity, when what we had were desires, memories, and loves. To be good homosexuals is, for Catholic men, to conspire with our old persecutors in a sin against ourselves. The homosexual is only the sodomite in approved drag." Abstruse jargon, sloppy thinking, and excessive pride are common pitfalls for writers who address simultaneously the subjects of Christianity and homosexuality. Jordan avoids all of these dangers. In plain language, with humility, he gently insists that readers join him in learning how to talk about sexuality and physical pleasure in a way that amounts to talking about Christian love. --Michael Joseph Gross
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He notes in the first chapter of this 2000 book, "In what follows, I consider the multiple forms or places of male homosexuality within modern Catholicism... It is worth doing so for a number of reasons... first, the Catholic church remains the most powerful of Christian organizations... Even in the United States... Catholic bishops enter aggressively into public debates over homosexuality and other matters of sexual morality. They are able to do so because religious condemnation remains the most potent homophobic rhetoric. So the features of Catholic homosexuality are particularly consequential outside the church. Second, Catholic homoeroticism has a distinguished and varied history... because of centuries of compulsory priestly celibacy and... all-male religious orders. Third, and most importantly, the Catholic management of same-sex desire has been decisive in European and American histories of what we now call 'homosexuality.' ...Read more ›
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This book is truly a scholastic masterpiece. The author tackles numerous contraversial topics tactfully. Read morePublished on May 23, 2003 by Neil J. Hajba
Mark Jordon's book does an adequate job of discussing the systematic Catholic language that does now allow for disagreement or dissent. Read morePublished on July 11, 2002 by John Rice
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