Sex and Heaven by John Portmann
Catholics in Bed and at Prayer

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What does it take to get into heaven? If you're Roman Catholic, Portmann argues, the red-hot issue is sex.

Since the late 1980s, the Vatican has made great efforts to encourage Jews to celebrate their faith, yet continues to reject homosexual Catholics. Portmann, himself a Catholic, finds it striking that the Vatican says Jews can "get to heaven" by being Jewish but strongly implies that even monogamous gay and lesbian Catholics cannot. Portmann concludes that, in the Church's eyes, sexuality now trumps theology.

Focusing on Catholicism, Sex and Heaven also raises compelling questions about heaven in Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam. This original and powerful perspective is sure to startle and amaze.

About John Portmann

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John Portmann is the author of When Bad Things Happen to Other People and the editor ofIn Defense of Sin. A self-described liberal Catholic, Portmann lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Published March 5, 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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The Catholic Church's public image as a spoiler of fun in the bedroom is the subject of this pointed critique of the church's teachings on human sexuality.

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