The consequences of the sexual-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States continue to unfold. On the surface, the crisis is about sex. The crisis of the last year and a half is only the most dramatic example of how questions about authority and sexual morality have become intertwined over the past several decades, and how together they threaten the integrity of the church.
In the introduction, the editor speaks of how she personally had gone beyond the position of radical feminism. She had come to appreciate the position of the Church, especially through the teachings of John Paul II. The essays make for fascinating reading.
The view presented is that women's status within the Catholic Church is subordinate to men's status, and that the Church is misguided in its notion of protection of and support for life. Affirmation of life is not promoted by isolated acts of giving birth, but exists in a social and ecological system in a community over time. The fit between children being born and the network to sustain their lives is misaligned.
Catholic theology of sexualitylike Catholic theology in general, is drawn from natural law canonical scripturedivine revelationand sacred traditionas interpreted authoritatively by the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Sexual morality evaluates sexual behavior according to standards laid out by Catholic moral theologyand often provides general principles by which Catholics are able to evaluate whether specific actions meet these standards. The Catholic Church teaches that human life and human sexuality are inseparable.
We were in our twenties, both Christians and from similar church and family backgrounds in the UK. From the earliest days of our marriage, we struggled with sex. So, as we tucked ourselves into bed one evening, I finally found the courage to ask the question I felt morally obliged to offer.
Written by: Ruby Claire. I have spoken to a lot of people about sex, particularly about how difficult it has been to enjoy the ecstasy of sex post-religion. I believe the way the Christian church talks about sex is damaging, and this damage is experienced, in full force, by those who leave it. Churches have room to shift the way they talk about sex, while maintaining the Biblical conviction that sex should be reserved for marriage.
Sex and the Church is a British documentary series about how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history. MacCulloch, whose books have won a number of prizes, is not only an Oxford Professor of the History of the Church but also a veteran campaigner for the Gay Christian Movement. For the Jews, procreation was the vital aspect of sex, but it was celebrated as part of a polygamous male-centred culture.
The book offers interesting ideas, the discussion is open but it is certainly indisputable that if the world persists in not understanding, the responsibility for this also lies in the way in which those who speak choose to express themselves. The contributions of these women theologians, doctors, philosophers economists and jurists — some laywomen, others women religious — are a hand held out towards dialogue with those who live beside them without understanding them. This is the title that Wangari Maathai chose for her autobiography, published six years