Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Question--sexual Ethics Or Social Justice?

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Religion - 209 pages
'This book is unique in setting the question of homosexuality in its historical, legal, political, and religious contexts in North America. It is no longer possible in Catholic ethics to address sexual morality with a model of absolute moral norms, immune from the ambiguities and complexities social justice issues introduce. Peddicord looks at the personal and social sides of homosexuality, and fairly examines all sides of the Roman Catholic response.' --Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
 

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Contents

A History of the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States
3
2 The Stonewall Rebellion
7
3 The Mattachine Society
9
4 The Daughters of Bilitis
14
5 Early Successes on the Legal Front
15
6 Confrontation with the Medical Establishment
18
7 Courting the Christian Churches
19
What Do Gays and Lesbians Want?
24
3 PCHP the Revisionists and Gay Rights
116
4 Conclusion
118
Catholic Social Teaching and Homosexuality
119
1 Catholicism and Human Rights
120
2 The CDFs 1992 Intervention on Gay Rights
123
3 Critiques of SCC
130
4 Conclusion
140
Catholic Sexual Ethics v Catholic Social Teaching
141

The Secular Debate on Gay and Lesbian Rights
27
1 Contemporary US Attitudes on Gay Liberation
28
Homosexuality is Harmful to Society
34
Are Gay Rights Right?
37
Right and Reason
44
GaysJustice
51
6 Conclusion
58
Responses to the Gay Liberation Movement by the American Catholic Hierarchy
63
1 John Cardinal OConnor
64
2 Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
69
3 Archbishop John R Quinn
76
31 A Pastoral Letter on Homosexuality
79
32 Archbishop Quinn on Violence Against Homosexuals
88
Gay and Lesbian Partnership Laws
91
4 Conclusion
92
Catholic Sexual Ethics and Homosexuality
96
11 The Bible and Homosexuality
105
12 Two Competing World Views
108
The Damnation Factor
112
John Courtney Murray on the ChurchState Relationship
147
2 Indebtedness to Thomistic Political Theory
152
21 A Necessary Dualism
153
Murray on Contraception
156
3 Conclusion
163
John Courtney Murray on Religious Freedom
164
2 The Rights of Conscience
170
3 Dignitatis humanae
171
4 Conclusion
175
A Catholic Case for Supporting Gay and Lesbian Rights Ordinances
178
2 Indebtedness to JCMs Work on ChurchState Relations
179
3 Justice as a Univocal Term
180
4 Indebtedness to JCMs Work on Religious Liberty
184
5 Conclusion
185
Abbreviations
187
Bibliography
188
Index
206
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About the author (1996)

Richard Peddicord, O.P. is assistant professor of moral theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.

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