Contemporary culture provides conflicting and confusing messages about the meaning and purpose of human sexuality, and often sex education that is offered often does not promote a mature, integrated understanding of sexuality. Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition meets the great need for pastoral guidance in addressing moral issues of sexuality in both the Church and broader culture today. Kieran Scott and Harold Horell explore with other leading scholars how to draw from the best Christian faith traditions to renew our understanding of sexuality, explore the integration of our sexuality and our spirituality, and develop life-affirming and life-sustaining ways of approaching contemporary sexual issues. This book explores sexuality from spiritual, psychological, moral and ministerial perspectives, and addresses specific issues such as sex and marriage, celibacy, homosexuality, and cohabitation.
Kieran Scott is associate professor religion and religious education at Fordham University. He is coeditor of Perspectives on Marriage and has authored several articles and essays for edited collections on related religious education and pastoral themes. Harold Horell is assistant professor of religious education at Fordham University. He has served as general editor for Horizons and Hope: The Future of Religious Education.
Part 1 Part I: Foundational Issues of Human Sexuality Chapter 2 Moving Beyond the Sounds of Silence Chapter 3 Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality Chapter 4 A Pastoral Response Chapter 5 Toward Christian Sexual Maturity: Growing in Wisdom, Age and Grace Chapter 6 A Pastoral Response Chapter 7 A New Moral Discourse on Sexuality Chapter 8 A Pastoral Response Chapter 9 Sexuality and Relationships in Ministry Chapter 10 A Pastoral Response Part 11 Part II: Specific Issues Chapter 12 Engaging the Struggle: John Paul II on Personhood and Sexuality Chapter 13 A Disembodied "Theology of the Body": John Paul II on Love, Sex and Pleasure Chapter 14 Graceful Pleasures: Why Sex is Good for Your Marriage Chapter 15 The Gift of Celibacy Chapter 16 Always Our Children? Young Catholics Consider the Pastoral Message Chapter 17 A Tortured Trio: Sexuality, Adolescents and Moral Theology Chapter 18 Cohabitation: A Reassessment Chapter 19 Sexuality and the Church: Finding Our Way