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At the beginning of the twenty-ﬁrst century we ﬁnd ourselves considering the relationship between Catholicism and homosexuality – in literature, in the academy, and perhaps in church as well. While regulation of teaching at Catholic universities has become more noticeable in the past decade, and standards of clerical life and priestly sexuality more monitored, there has also emerged an exuberant, abundant production of theological work challenging the strained relationship between samesex desire and religious institutions.
882). He universalized the struggle with lust, situated it in the human condition, and encouraged the penitent: The Council of Trent tells us that God does not command the impossible, but that He requires us to do what in our power lies and to pray in order to obtain the grace of accomplishing that which, of ourselves, we are incapable of performing. This injunction holds particularly in matters of chastity, with regard to which most persons, even those in the holy state of marriage, encounter special difﬁculties.
The church that tolerated carnival excesses prior to Lenten austerities and offered daily sacramental confession after libertine nights could be understood as a psychic counterweight for some people. Moreover, Catholicism’s ofﬁcial clerical and regular social structures of celibate and sexually segregated priests, brothers, and nuns, and its exemplary narratives of unmarried saints and martyrs provided sanctioned roles for those disinclined towards heterosexual marriage. ” Thus evading pressures for social conformity, queer people could claim a venerable pedigree of unmarried, same-sex sociality.