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"Catholic Homophobia"

Loughlin, Gerard

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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.


Loughlin, G. (2018). "Catholic Homophobia". Theology, 121(3), 188-196.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 3, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 16, 2018
Publication Date May 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2018
Journal Theology
Print ISSN 0040-571X
Electronic ISSN 2044-2696
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Issue 3
Pages 188-196
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Revised version Loughlin, Gerard (2018). Catholic Homophobia. Theology 121(3): 188-196. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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