Cover

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Front Matter

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CONTENTS

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p. vii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-x

It was my good fortune as I was writing this book to have the unwavering support of friends, family, and colleagues. In fact, I still have to pinch myself sometimes at this abundance. I am grateful to them all. John Kelsay, my colleague, friend, and chairman in the Department of Religion at Florida State University has been my greatest champion ...

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1. ORDER AND SEXUAL ETHICS

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pp. 1-20

Sex is a contentious topic in Catholicism. Mark Jordan notes that in the contemporary American imagination, Christianity is often thought to be nothing more than a “code of sexual conduct” (Jordan 2002, 5). In other words, most Americans know little about the details of doctrines such as the trinity, the resurrection, or the incarnation, but ...

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2. THEOLOGY AND MARRIAGE

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pp. 21-54

Sex for procreation is good; sexual passions are unruly; marriage is a sacrament. The values embedded in these three statements are not just expressions of Catholic sexual ethics; they reflect the core of Catholic theological beliefs about nature, creation, grace, and sin. Consequently, to better answer the question How does the concept of order clarify ...

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3. REPRODUCTION

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pp. 55-93

Marriage and family planning were among the most watched issues at the general meeting of the Second Vatican Council.1 On October 29, 1964, Cardinal Leo Suenens2 of Malines-Brussels and Patriarch Maximos IV Saigh of Antioch addressed the general session of the council on these issues. Suenens, directing his remarks to the newly formed ...

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4. GENDER

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pp. 94-133

From our exploration of the normative Catholic teachings on marriage and reproduction, we can conclude the following: the Catholic tradition holds procreation as a good but not an absolute one. It is circumscribed by the relationship between (married) male and female and by the nature of the act that leads to procreation (sexual intercourse ...

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5. CONCLUSION

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pp. 134-142

While the focus of this study of Catholic documents and teachings is language and moral argument, it would be misleading to think about these documents without reflecting on the powerful institution that stands behind them. Catholic sexual ethics integrate theological beliefs about God’s created order with the belief that the Church has the ...

NOTES

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pp. 143-156

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 157-162

INDEX

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pp. 163-169