The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 7, 2000 - Religion - 322 pages
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The past decade has seen homosexual scandals in the Catholic Church becoming ever more visible, and the Vatican's directives on homosexuality becoming ever more forceful, begging the question Mark Jordan tries to answer here: how can the Catholic Church be at once so homophobic and so homoerotic? His analysis is a keen and readable study of the tangled relationship between male homosexuality and modern Catholicism.

"[Jordan] has offered glimpses, anecdotal stories, and scholarly observations that are a whole greater than the sum of its parts. . . . If homosexuality is the guest that refuses to leave the table, Jordan has at least shed light on why that is and in the process made the whole issue, including a conflicted Catholic Church, a little more understandable."—Larry B. Stammer, Los Angeles Times

"[Jordan] knows how to present a case, and with apparently effortless clarity he demonstrates the church's double bind and how it affects Vatican rhetoric, the training of priests, and ecclesiastical protectiveness toward an army of closet cases. . . . [T]his book will interest readers of every faith."—Daniel Blue,
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Jordan (religion, Emory Univ.; The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology) considers the conceptualization of male homosexuality within the context of the contemporary Catholic church. The first of ... Read full review


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Mark D. Jordan is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion at Emory University. He is the author of The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology and Blessing Same-Sex Marriage: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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