More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church - Vol. 2

More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church - Vol. 2

More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church - Vol. 2

More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church - Vol. 2

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This volume and its companion (subtitled Voices of Our Times ) represent an effort to memorialize and broaden the discussions begun in the scholarly presentations that comprised one focus of the More than a Monologue series of conferences that were held in the autumn of 2011. The subtitle of this volume, Inquiry, Thought, and Expression, recognizes that these essays are presented in solidarity with the wisdom promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in Gaudium et Spes (the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World). The Council expressed its hope for the Catholic Church that the laity would pursue theological training and that they, along with the clergy, would contribute to the advancement of theological discourse. In order to do so, the Council affirmed that both clergy and laity “should be accorded a lawful freedom of inquiry, of thought, and of expression, tempered by humility and courage in what ever branch of study they have specialized.” These essays, which flow from many of the presentations from the conference series, constitute a faithful articulation of that ideal. The scholars represented here analyze difficult and challenging questions about sexual diversity and offer their thoughts and reflections as a way of moving the discourse forward. The Council intended theological discussions not to remain static but to respond dynamically to the “signs of our times” in a rapidly changing world: “Theological research, while it deepens knowledge of revealed truth, should not lose contact with its own times, so that experts in various fields may be led to a deeper knowledge of the faith.”

The More than a Monologue conference series was a deliberate attempt by two Roman Catholic universities and two nondenominational divinity schools in New York and Connecticut to engage in open conversations about sexual diversity and the Catholic Church. The series was meant to represent more than the most often heard monologic voice, that . . .

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