Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Abbreviations for Sources

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pp. xi-xii

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Prologue

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pp. xiii-xxix

Our earlier book, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, was highly acclaimed by its academic critics and was selected by the Catholic Press Association as the best theological book of 2009. That book, however, was...

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CHAPTER 1. Sexual Morality in the Catholic Tradition: A Brief History

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pp. 1-45

Human sexual activity and the sexual ethics that seeks to order it are both sociohistorical realities and are, therefore, subject to historicity. Before we embark on a presentation of contemporary Catholic sexual anthropology and ethics, therefore, it...

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CHAPTER 2. Unitive Sexual Morality: A Revised Foundational Principle and Anthropology

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pp. 47-93

Theologians who espouse the theology articulated in Gaudium et spes find in it a foundational principle for judging all human activity, including human sexual activity: the principle of the human person adequately considered. A reasonable...

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CHAPTER 3. Marital Morality

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pp. 95-121

In the previous chapter we advanced a theoretical foundational principle for making judgments about the morality of sexual actions. That principle was articulated as follows: Sexual actions within marriage by which a couple is united intimately and...

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CHAPTER 4. Cohabitation and the Process of Marrying

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pp. 123-154

Emmanuel Ntakarutimana expresses the Central African experience of marrying in the following words. “Where Western tradition presents marriage as a point in time at which consent is exchanged between the couple in front of witnesses approved...

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CHAPTER 5. Homosexuality

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pp. 155-189

One sexual issue is today tearing the Christian churches apart. It is the issue of homosexuality. In this chapter we consider this issue in the context of scripture and the Catholic moral tradition interpreted in contemporary historical context. Our...

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CHAPTER 6. Artificial Reproductive Technologies

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pp. 191-220

In the 1950s, the marketing of effective oral contraceptives made it possible to have sexual intercourse without reproduction; in the 1980s, the marketing of artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) made it possible to reproduce without having sexual intercourse. The Catholic Magisterium argues against the morality...

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Epilogue

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pp. 221-232

Throughout this book, we argue that Catholic sexual morality is institutionalized within the confines of marriage and procreation, and we examine the foundations of two principles that articulate the essence of that Catholic morality. The...

Index

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pp. 233-250