The Serpent and the Dove: Celibacy in Literature and Life by A. W. Richard Sipe

By A. W. Richard Sipe

Richard Sipe, himself a former monk and priest, has made a lifelong enterprise of deciding on the truth and which means of spiritual celibacy. Even an enough operational definition of spiritual celibacy, he says, has been refrained from through Catholic hierarchy and students to maintain the celibate fantasy. Having spent 25 years undertaking a examine of celibacy and sexual habit in Roman Catholic clergymen, Sipe concluded that at anybody time not more than 50 percentage of clergymen have been practising celibacy. To extra absolutely comprehend what celibacy is, the way it is practiced, the have an effect on it has at the humanness of fellows of girls, and the social results it offers, Sipe says we will be able to use the method provided during this booklet. particularly, we will be able to learn old males who offered themselves or have been perceived as residing examples of celibacy and in addition specialise in the main profound truths of celibacy present in literary accounts.

Psychology, faith, and literary feedback interface and are woven jointly during this e-book with minimum jargon. The Serpent and the Dove was once written within the desire of fascinating sincere research of the essence of non secular celibacy and to foster a recrudescence of actual sexual vigour with all of its evolutionary power. Human sexuality isn't really going away; neither is it beside the point to the well being, growth and happiness of the human neighborhood, says Sipe. And the perform of real celibacy will not disappear both. absolute confidence, the Catholic Church wishes profound reformation. yet in all my paintings i've got selected to not throw any infants out with the horrendously soiled 'holy water' the church maintains to treasure and disseminate. right here, as in all my paintings, i attempt to foster discussion among faith and technology, reminiscent of literary feedback. The Catholic Church (and faith) is at a Copernican Moment while it has to cede to technology the character of sexuality. The Serpent and the Dove is yet another paintings between Sipe's many books and articles making the necessity for that clear.

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S. priests have achieved the status of media stardom on their own. In the 1930s, the Reverend Charles Coughlin used his mellifluous voice, a voice made for promises, to attract an audience of 40 million enthralled listeners to his radio broadcasts. He was a priest who would be heard. In the 1950s, Reverend-Monsignor-Bishop Fulton J. Sheen provided his viewers with a vision of priestly glamour, enabling him to outdraw Hollywood stars in the television ratings. His penetrating blue eyes have been rivaled only by the likes of Paul Newman.

Victims, in their isolation, think that they must be the only victim. Sealed in their secrets, they are isolated from anyone they could hope might understand what they have been through. They do not understand themselves. How can they believe what happened to them in secret when their experience of their whole world—family, school, friends, church—appears so unaware and oblivious of their darkness and trauma? Survivors guard their secret even if it makes them ill. Unto death some victims hug their secret because they promised to keep it.

S. readers through its likable eccentricity. He employs a matter-of-factness, and he flatters his intended reader. He enjoys certain 22 The Serpent and the Dove advantages in the freeness with which he can fashion his rhetoric because he is not an official spokesperson for an institutional status quo. Fulton Sheen, Greeley’s fellow Catholic, was constrained by his social position to employ the prophetic voice to express a predictable coda. Gandhi has the disadvantage—or the mystique—of being from another culture and time.

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