Publication details for Professor Gerard LoughlinLoughlin, Gerard (2018). "Catholic Homophobia". Theology 121(3): 188-196.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0040-571X, 2044-2696
- DOI: 10.1177/0040571x17749147
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Understanding homophobia as a discursively constituted antipathy, this article argues that the culture of the Catholic Church – as constituted through the Roman magisterium – can be understood as fundamentally homophobic, and in its teaching not just on homosexuality, but also on contraception and priestly celibacy. Moreover, in this regard, the article argues for a hermeneutic of continuity from the pontificate of John Paul II to that of Pope Francis – the latter’s ambivalence repeating the ‘scrambling’ of speech that is typical of homophobic discourse.