A Delicate Dance: Sexuality, Celibacy, and Relationships Among Catholic Clergy and Religious

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Crossroad, 1992 - Religion - 143 pages
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"As they move into their middle years, women and men religious and clergy find that their needs for intimacy escalate. Their earlier understandings of sexuality and intimacy, taught to them during the time of pre-Vatican II Church and society, no longer answer their questions. This compassionate book lays bare their struggles, exposes their questions, and offers answers by vowed celibates themselves in their search for authenticity." "Based on her fifteen years of experience with vowed celibates, combined with original research with 333 individuals, psychologist Sheila Murphy sheds new light on the practice of intimacy among women and men who were expressly forbidden to develop "particular friendships," and shows what they are now thinking and doing to incorporate a meaningful understanding of sexuality and intimacy into their personal lives. In so doing, the author also reveals how in many ways these individuals are psychologically healthier in their relationships than women and men in other life situations." "A Delicate Dance is filled with scores of personal stories that bring to life the doubts and convictions, the humanity and the love of Catholic clergy and religious today. It is an honest open forum that invites other vowed celibates to begin talking more freely about these important but previously unspoken topics."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Introduction by Donald J Goergen OP
7
The Story
19
Intriguing Intimacy
31
Sexual Celibate or Sexual Celibate?
49
Personality Types and the Road to Relationships
69
Predictability within the Chaos
87
Relational Emergence over Time
103
Cover Letter to Study Participants
123
Notes
137
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