The Church and the Homosexual

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Beacon Press, 1993 - Religion - 266 pages
Father McNeill's outstanding work, which convincingly establishes that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, has brought comfort to thousands of gay and lesbian Christians since its original publication in 1976. In this fourth edition, the author calls on the Vatican to make a public act of repentance for its homophobia. "Blessed be that John McNeill's courageous classic is available again".--Carter Heyward, Episcopal Divinity School.
 

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Excellent book that provides thorough research into biblical mores as historical developments over time, establishing how biased interpretations have resulted in the church wrongfully condemning homosexuality among other things. Thoroughly researched and historically fascinating.

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Contents

Moral Theology and Homosexuality
29
Scripture and Homosexuality
36
The Need for a Definition of Homosexuality
38
The Sodom and Gomorrah Story in Genesis
42
Problems of Translation
50
26
53
The Old Testament Context
56
The Creation Account in Genesis
60
The Positive Contribution of the Homosexual Community
131
Homosexuality and the Relation of the Sexes
136
Homosexuality and Violence
139
Homosexuality and Human Service
142
The Role of the Lesbian
144
The Homosexual and the Church
145
Part 3
151
Pastoral Ministry to the Homosexual Community
153

Tradition and Homosexuality
67
The Homosexual Interpretation of the Sodom Story
68
The Development of Legal Tradition
76
The Anomalies of Tradition
84
Tradition and Human Nature
89
Stoicism and the Church Fathers
93
Aquinas and Stoicism
95
Homosexual Activity and Procreation
99
Human Nature and Homosexuality
102
Human Freedom and Human Sexuality
104
The Human Sciences and Homosexuality
109
Promiscuity and Homosexuality
111
Psychiatry and Homosexuality
113
The Controversy among Psychiatrists
121
Part 2
127
Toward a Positive Approach of Moral Theology
129
The Teleological Perspective
130
Personal Ministry to the Individual
156
The Church and the Reform of Civil Law
158
The Goal of Heterosexual Adjustment
162
The Case For and the Case Against Sexual Abstinence
167
Ministry to the Homosexual Community
175
Moral Norms and the Homosexual
180
The Positive Role of the Christian Homosexual Community
184
The Accusation of Sexism
189
Conclusion Justice the Church and the Homosexual
191
Epilogue
196
Revisions of the Text
201
Some Pastoral Reflections on AIDS
207
A History of the Publication of This Book
217
Notes
243
Index
261
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About the author (1993)

John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and practicing psychotherapist, was expelled from the Society of Jesus in 1987 for refusing to cease his ministry to gay men and lesbians. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Louvain University in Beligum and has taught philosophy and theology at Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary, and other institutions. McNeill is the author of Taking a Chance on God and Freedom, Glorious Freedom, also published by Beacon Press.

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