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The Silence of Sodom

Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism

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,
Lambda Book Report

A 2000 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Read Jordan’s 9.5 Theses on Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism.

342 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Gender and Sexuality

Religion: Christianity

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

1. The Pope Converts: imafination, Bureaucracy, Silence
2. Teaching by Threatening
3. Bureaucratic Morals
4. Living Inside
5. Memoirs of Priestly Sodomy
6. Reproducing "Father"
7. Clerical Camp
8. Reiteration, or The Pleasures of Obedience
9. Repentence, or Schools for New Speech
Works Cited


Lambda Literary Foundation: Lambda Literary Awards

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