The Silence of Sodom by Mark D. Jordan
Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism

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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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A 2000 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

About Mark D. Jordan

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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.
Published June 7, 2000 by University of Chicago Press. 342 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Yet history does not support what John Boswell in his pioneering book, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality , called "the common idea that religious belief - Christian or other - has been the cause of intolerance in regard to gay people".

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Despite the Church's teachings that homosexual sex is a sin, says Jordan, Catholicism is shot through with homoeroticism--the musical, incense-filled Catholic liturgy attracts gay men, and gay men's ""coming out"" is not dissimilar from Catholic seminarians' demonstration of a priesthood call.

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