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In the Lógos of LovePromise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life$
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James L. Heft and Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280031.001.0001

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Sex, Gender, and the Parameters of Catholic Intellectual Life

(p.100) 5 Breaking the Silence
In the Lógos of Love

Leslie Woodcock Tentler

Oxford University Press

There is little to no recent discussion of sex and sexual morality within Catholic parishes and congregations, reflecting a significant and damaging crisis of authority. As a result, lay Catholics have had little guidance from the Church to help confront an era of unprecedented change in cultural beliefs about sexual morality. The need for honest conversation is clear, but where it will come from is not. However, the debate over contraception beginning in the 1940s, actively involving theologically educated laypeople as well as clergy, offers a historical example of the benefits, complexities, and limits of such a conversation. The fractures following the 1968 issuance of Humanae Vitae, along with other changes, make a renewed conversation difficult, but there are also factors in the present moment that could help make it possible, given the subject’s urgency.

Keywords:   Catholic laity, Catholic sexual morality, clergy, contraception, gender, Humanae Vitae, sexual morality

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