Reading topics / literature

This comprehensive reading list of Catholic sources represents the diversity of views on homosexuality found in today’s Church (June 2010). Inclusion in this list does not indicate approval or promotion of any particular title! Many of the books included can be ordered via Mail Order service (details below). However, some of the older titles may be out of print and best obtained through library-loan schemes.

Official/semi-official Church documents: (in chronological order):

  • Persona Humana - Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Catholic Truth Society (CTS), 1976
  • Created Design – Some Pastoral Guidelines for the Care of Lesbian and Gay People, Catholic AIDS Link –  Pastoral AIDS Series No.1 (reprinted July 1997). This booklet includes the Catholic Bishops’ of England & Wales(Social Welfare Commission) 1979 ‘Introduction to the Pastoral Care of Homosexual People’ + Cardinal Hume’s ‘Observations’ ( revised, 1997)
  • Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, CDF, CTS, 1986
  • Human Sexuality, US National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1990
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (nn.2357-2359), Geoffrey Chapman, 1994
  • Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children, US National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Marriage & Family, revised, 1998

Books by Catholic Authors: (in alphabetical order):

  • James Alison, Elizabeth Stuart et al., Scotland 2000: Forging Dialogue with the Churches, LGCM, 2000
  • James Alison, Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic & Gay, Darton Longman & Todd (DLT), 2001
  • James Alison, On Being Liked, Darton Longman & Todd (DLT), 2003
  • James Alison, Undergoing God, Darton Longman & Todd (DLT), 2006
  • James Alison, Broken Hearts & New Creations, Darton Longman & Todd (DLT) 2010
  • Patricia Beattie-Jung (ed), Sexual Diversity & Catholicism, The Liturgical Press, 2002
  • Joseph Blenkinsopp, Sexuality and the Christian Tradition, Sheed & Ward, 1970
  • Donald Boisvert, Out on Holy Ground, Pilgrim Press, 2001
  • John Boswell, Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe at the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century, University of Chicago Press (UCP), 1980
  • John Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Pre-modern Europe, Harper Collins, 1994
  • Alan Bray, Homosexuality in Renaissance England, Columbian University Press, 1982/1995
  • Alan Bray, The Friend, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2003,
  • Richard Cleaver, Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology, Westminster John Knox Press, 1995
  • Gerald Coleman, Homosexuality: Catholic Teaching and Pastoral Practice, Paulist Press, 1995
  • Raymond F. Collins, Sexual Ethics & The New Testament, Crossroads, 2000
  • Jon Davies & Gerard Loughlin (eds), Sex These Days: Essays on Theology, Sexuality and Society, Sheffield Academic Press (SAC), 1999
  • Jack Dominian, Proposals for a New Sexual Ethic, Darton Longman & Todd (DLT), 1977
  • Jack Dominian, Sexual Integrity: The Answer to AIDS, DLT, 1987
  • Margaret A. Farley, Just Love, Continuum, 2007
  • Julian Filochowski & Peter Stanford (eds), Opening Up – Speaking Out in the Church, DLT, 2005
  • Michael Ford, Disclosures: Conversations Gay & Spiritual, DLT 2004
  • Donal Godfrey, Gays & Grays, Lexington Books, 2007
  • Robert Goss, Jesus Acted Up: A Gay & Lesbian Manifesto, Harper & Row, 1993
  • Jeannine Gramick & Pat Furey (eds), The Vatican and Homosexuality, Crossroad, 1988
  • Jeannine Gramick & Robert Nugent, Building Bridges, Twenty Third Publications, 1992
  • Jeannine Gramick & Robert Nugent, Voices of Hope, Centre for Homophobia Education, 1995
  • James Hanigan, Homosexuality: The Test Case for Christian Sexual Ethics, Paulist Press, 1988
  • John Michael Hanvey, Prayed Out – God in dark places, The Columba Press, 2005
  • John Harvey, The Truth About Homosexuality, Ignatius Press, 1996
  • Daniel Helminiak, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, Alamo Square Press, 1994
  • Danile Helminiak, Sex & the Sacred, Harrington Park Press, 2006
  • Mary Hunt, Fierce Tenderness, Crossroad, 1991
  • Lisa Isherwood & Elizabeth Stuart, Introducing Body Theology, Sheffield Academic Press, 1998
  • Mark Jordan, The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998
  • Mark Jordan, The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism, Univ. Chicago Press, 2000
  • Mark Jordan, Blessing same-sex unions, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2005
  • Phillip Keane, Sexual Morality: A Catholic Perspective, Gill & Macmillan, 1977
  • James Keenan (ed), Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Continuum, 2000
  • Kevin Kelly, New Directions in Sexual Ethics, Geoffrey Chapman, 1998
  • Kevin Kelly, From a Parish Base: Essays in Moral & Pastoral Theology, DLT, 1999
  • Michael B. Kelly, Seduced by Grace, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne 2007
  • Anthony Kosnik (ed), Human Sexuality: New Directions in Catholic Thought, Search Press, 1977
  • James L’Empereur, Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person, Geoffrey Chapman, 1998
  • Bernard Lynch, A Priest on Trial, Bloomsbury, 1993
  • Dugan McGinley, Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts, Continuum 2004
  • Brian McNaught, On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith and Love, St. Martin’s Press, 1988
  • Brian McNaught, Now That I’m Out, What Do I Do? St. Martin’s Press, 1997
  • John McNeill, The Church and the Homosexual (new ed.) Beacon Press, 1993
  • John McNeill, Freedom, Glorious Freedom, Beacon Press, 1995
  • John McNeill, Taking a Chance on God (new ed.), Beacon Press, 1996
  • John McNeill, Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair, Westminster John Knox Press, 1998
  • John McNeill, Sex as God Intended, Lethe Press, 2008
  • Gareth Moore, The Body in Context: Sex & Catholicism, Continuum, London 2001
  • Gareth Moore, A Question of Truth, Continuum Books, London, 2003
  • Robert Nugent, The Challenge to Love: Gay & Lesbian Catholics in the Church, Crossroad, 1989
  • Glen O’Brien, Praying from the Margins: Gospel Reflections of a Gay Man, The Columba Press, Dublin, 2001
  • Richard Peddicord, Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Question – Sexual Ethics or Social Justice?, Sheed & Ward, 1996
  • Geoffrey Robinson, Confronting Power & Sex in the Catholic Church, The Columba Press, 2007
  • Maurice Shinnick, This Remarkable Gift: Being Gay and Catholic, Allen & Unwin, 1998
  • Richard Smith, AIDS, Gays and the American Catholic Church, The Pilgrim Press, 1994
  • William Storey, A Book of Prayer for Gay & Lesbian Christians, Crossroads, 2002
  • Elizabeth Stuart, Daring To Speak Love’s Name – A Gay and Lesbian Prayer Book, Hamish Hamilton, 1992
  • Elizabeth Stuart, Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian & Gay Theology of Relationships, Mowbray, 1995
  • Elizabeth Stuart (ed), Christian Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender, Gracewing, 1996
  • Elizabeth Stuart & Adrian Thatcher, People of Passion: What the Churches Teach about Sex, Mowbray, 1997
  • Elizabeth Stuart et al., Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered People, Cassell, 1997
  • Elizabeth Stuart, Gay & Lesbian Theologies: repetitions with critical difference, Ashgate, 2002
  • Andrew Sullivan, Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality. Picador, 1995
  • Andrew Sullivan, Love Undetectable, Chatto & Windus, 1998
  • Richard Woods, Another Kind of Love (3rd ed.), St Thomas More Press, 1988
The Tablet article on the Soho Masses, by Mark Dowd - 11th January 2013
BBC Radio 4 Report Programme 11th April 2011 "Pope Francis", by Mark Dowd.

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