Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

The Assumption of Mary, like all Marian doctrines, not only further reveals the mystery of Christ but sheds light on the dignity and destiny of all of the redeemed as well. For her flesh, born to human parents through sexual union, now lives in the presence of the Triune God. Such is the destiny of all men and women united to her Son in ...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xvi

The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) in its decree on priestly formation called for the renewal of moral theology. In particular, Vatican II specified that moral theology needed “livelier contact with the mystery of Christ” and should be “more thoroughly nourished by scriptural teaching.”1 The decades following Vatican II have seen a variety ...

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1. Clashing Symbols: Sex, Conscience, and Authority

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pp. 1-22

Before examining biblical and historical sources that can be used to shape a contemporary sexual ethic, some attention must be given to the actual cultural situation to which such an ethic is addressed.This is necessary for a number of reasons. First, it is important to attend to the context in which biblical teaching can be received and heard.While it is reductionist to totally identify ...

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2. Covenant and Sacrament

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pp. 23-48

The task of addressing the disconnect experienced by many contemporary Catholics between their faith and their understanding of sexuality is a difficult one.1 Recent debates in moral theology have often focused on specific moral norms and the authority that proposes them.2 However, when such debates are heard within the framework of a ...

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3. Kingdom, Discipleship, Character

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pp. 49-70

While the idea of covenant is integral to the development of a vision of sexuality grounded in the teaching of Scripture and the Church’s liturgical tradition, there are other important biblical themes that should also be consulted in this effort. This chapter will focus on some of the most important of these: Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom ...

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4. Sex and Chastity

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pp. 71-95

Certainly one of the most maligned and misunderstood virtues in contemporary culture is chastity.1 The word often evokes connotations of inhibition, prudery, dysfunction, and perhaps even neurosis. This is especially true in a culture that sees sexual expression and pleasure as integral to personal health, happiness, and fulfillment. If one has to be ...

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5. Male and Female: Equality, Difference, Dignity

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pp. 96-126

Moral virtues, of course, do not exist in the abstract. They exist within the persons who habituate themselves to them through repeated moral choices. By repeatedly choosing the good over time and in a variety of situations, a person’s character becomes conformed to that specific form of moral goodness.The virtuous person develops a new power to act ...

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6. Covenant Fidelity, Fertility, and the Gift of Self

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pp. 127-154

The virtue of chastity is ordered to more than respect for the dignity of persons and the unique capacity of sexuality to express the human vocation to self-giving love within marriage or consecrated virginity. Virtually the whole of the Christian tradition has also insisted on openness to life or respect for the procreative aspect of sexual union as ...

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7. Teaching Sex: Education, Sexuality, Character

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pp. 155-168

This chapter examines issues of moral education from the standpoint of a virtue-based approach to moral enquiry. How is it that one can teach moral virtue to others or foster it in onself, particularly in the often vexing and contentious area of sexuality? The preceding chapters have made clear that an insistence on particular moral rules is not ...

Works Cited

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pp. 169-184

Index

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pp. 185-197

Production Notes

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pp. 198-198