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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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Sex and Gender and Sexuality

Sex and Gender and Sexuality

Competing Claims? A Catholic Response

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In the Lógos of Love

Nancy Dallavalle

Oxford University Press

Feminist thinkers have helped remind other scholars that the Catholic intellectual tradition is a living conversation, not a museum display. This has been reinforced by the perspective of Pope Francis, making now a good time to explore two Catholic claims in light of which three difficult issues must be confronted. The first claim is that there is an integrity to human embodiment as male and female, and the recognition that the gift of new human life results from heterosexual union. The second concerns the value of same-sex relationships, and the emerging sense that they have a genuine relational integrity that may be expressed in committed relationships. Addressing the complexity of these claims in a way that meets the needs of believers requires renewed thinking about our theorizing and theologizing about “woman,” about the relationship between sexual acts and the biological basis for human life, and about how to articulate a coherent theology of marriage in our current milieu.

Keywords:   contraception, feminism, Pope Francis, procreation, same-sex relationships, theology of marriage, theology of women

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