The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality PDF

The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality PDF

The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality By Eugene Kennedy ✑ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Kennedy, a psychologist, former priest, and a leading Catholic author and scholar, addresses one of the most compelling yet undiscussed issues in the Church human sexuality The Unhealed Wound is a pen Kennedy, a Wound: The PDF ☆ psychologist, former priest, and a leading Catholic author and scholar, addresses one of the most compelling yet undiscussed issues in the Church human sexuality The Unhealed Wound is a penetrating and The Unhealed eBook ☆ insightful study of the unresolved conflicts Catholics face regarding both their sexuality and spirituality, deep conflicts which growandserious as.


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  1. Fr. Daniel Carr Fr. Daniel Carr says:

    I was given this book by a parishioner who sees the Catholic Church very differently than I do I am willing to read anything, including something with which I disagree because it helps me to understand why I believe what I believe, helps me to understand how others think, and on occasion gains me some special insight.I did not like this book The first reason is personal I am a celibate priest and the author is very clearly against celibacy as something unhealthy and a significant cause for th I was given this book by a parishioner who sees the Catholic Church very differently than I do I am willing to read anything, including something with which I disagree because it helps me to understand why I believe what I believe, helps me to understand how others think, and on occasion gains me some special insight.I did not like this book The first reason is personal I am a celibate priest and the author is very clearly against celibacy as something unhealthy and a significant cause for the problems within the Catholic Church, including the sex abuse scandal and authoritatian ecclesiology He describes many of his arguments in the middle of the book but does not often give much historical or theological basis for his assertions He seems to have some intellectual arrogance in presuming that a different perspective is not reasonable and does not need to be grappled with or acknowledged admittedly, his opponents often suffer from the same sort of arrogance.The second reason is ecclesial It s clear that he author does not agree with the structure of the hierarchical Church as developed from its apostolic origins The problems in the Church regarding unhealthy clericalism and immaturity of sexuality are well documented and demonstrated, as he points out However, he never truly proposes an alternative theology He believes that priests should be married and women should be priests and he refutes the arguments to that end given by Pope John Paul II whose theology is misrepresented, in my opinion However, he does not explain how that should work and how it would address clericalism and abuse of power while maintaining a catholic unity Any Protestant attempts at doing so have led to schism and separation at every disagreement and they too are not immune from these challenges What makes this ecclesiological vision so different The third and final reason is theological, scriptural, and mythological In the first few chapters Kennedy proposes the myth of the Grail King Anfortas as emblematic of the unhealed sexual wound in the Church He returns to this myth with great frequency every time he identifies and points out a situation of sin in the Church But myth cannot be simply assumed into a theology and we as Christians already have a myth about sin It s in Genesis 3 and it speaks of original sin and the fallenness of man By proposing a new myth, the author recreates a completely new paradigm and way of understanding Christian anthropology one that overemphasizes sexuality and sees it as causal for all sorts of sin In my opinion, it is extremely dangerous to repropose a new myth about sin when the one we already have has been revealed by God in Sacred Scripture The story of Anfortas can be instructive but should never become a basis for our understanding of man.As such, I think that Kennedy over psychologizes the Catholic Church and, to some extent, sees it through his particular lens Toward the end he describes the process of his laicization from the priesthood with a great deal of anguish and almost resentment I m certain that this, in addition to his seminary experience, has colored his understanding of the Church, just as mine has for me And based on my experience, I see sin within the Church and its hierarchy just as I see sin in every walk of life and every other authority I don t believe that any ecclesial change is going to change the brokenness of human beings, especially those in power and authority over others And I certainly don t believe that sexuality is the core wound that needs to be healed.Insightful Yes Correct Not in my opinion But I am better for having read this book, as it opened my eyes to many things


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