CATHOLIC CULTURE AND SEXUALITY: Robert T. Francoeur, PhD

Robert T. Francoeur, PhD, is co-editor of the international award-winning Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality(Francoeur & Noonan, 2004a), compiled by 280 experts reporting on all aspects of sexual attitudes, values, behaviors, and relationships in 62 countries on seven continents. Trained in Catholic theology, human embryology, and sexology, Francoeur is also recent editor of the Complete Dictionary of Sexology (Francoeur, et al. 1995.and Sex, Love and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century(Francoeur, Cornog & Perper, 1999). A Catholic priest married with Vatican approval, he is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.His interests focus on cross-cultural research, the evolutionary connections between sexuality and spirituality, and non-monogamous alternative lifestyles. Francoeur began teaching an undergraduate human sexuality course at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ) in 1970, and continues mixing graduate and undergraduate courses sponsored jointly by the Psychology and Biological Sciences Departments. An adjunct professor for ten years in the Human Sexuality Program at New York University, he has authored several popular explorations of human sexuality, marriage, family, futures studies, and medical and sexual ethics, includingHot and Cool Sex: Cultures in Conflict (Francoeur & Francoeur, 1974/1975) and several college textbooks, and has co-edited or published over 70 technical papers and 120 popular articles. He has lectured widely on these issues in Europe, Canada, and the USA, at medical schools, universities, church groups, and professional meetings.

Dr Francouer’s response to Catholic teaching on sexuality, originally published in: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEXUAL HEALTH, Volume III, Chapter 3, is accessible on-line at     http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/catholic.htm

(February 16, 2005)

I reproduce below the list of contents, and its links.

 

Content:        

The Author
Abstract


Growing Up

 

What Is Natural Sex? Unnatural Sex?

 

Betwixt And Between Two Worldviews

 

Fixed Worldviews

 

Process/Existential Worldviews

 

From Hebrew Anthropology to the Twenty-First Century

 

Hebrew Roots

 

The Jesus Movement

 

Plato’s Dualistic Influence

 

A Wedding of Stoic and Catholic Sexual Teachings

 

Gnostic Worldviews and Catholic Sexual Teachings

 

From the Apostles to the Middle Ages

 

The Last 500 Years

 

Creating a New Meaning for Sexual Health

 

Transitioning

 

Five Problematic Issues

 

Dealing with Sexual Anxiety/Guilt

 

Dealing with Alternatives to Monogamy

 

Dealing with Homosexuality

 

Dealing with Masturbation

 

Dealing with Abortion

 

Looking to the Future

 

References

 

Table 1.


 

 


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