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The Sexual Revolution

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Bishop Peter J Elliott



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Freedom Publishing Books
03 December 2020
Proclaim the message... be persistent, whether the time is favourable or unfavourable. 2 Timothy 4:2 The sexual revolution at the heart of this book is part of wider and deeper developments happening in our world. It is a revolution that asserts the utter freedom of the individual to act and behave as if the vital traditions of religion and philosophy have no claim on how we live, especially in the area of sexuality that is so much part of our personalities and identities.

The author, a Catholic bishop in Melbourne, traces the development of these ideas from the early days of the Enlightenment to our own times, in a context of the apparent failure of governments and even churches to defend principles of sexual behaviour and attitudes, honoured by timeless church teaching and social expectations.

In such times, he acknowledges that Catholic parents and teachers need sound guidance about sexual ethics. He records the constant teaching of Popes and Councils and reminds us of their focus on the integration of sexual morality within wider, deeper contexts of human nature, marriage stability and family life.

Above all, he brings a pastoral sensitivity to the task of helping contemporary Catholics understand their tradition, and offers sound strategies to affirm Catholic teaching about sexuality.

He well understands that forces opposing such an approach are formidable but knows too that the message must be proclaims, however unfavourable. He encourages parents, families and teachers to recover a different, richer understanding of sexuality for our time.

Reading this account of the sexual revolution may be a source of dismay, but Christian hope never fades. - Most Rev Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart This is the beest book I have read on this subject. - Professor Tracey Rowland, University of Notre Dame (Aust) ... a comprehensive treatment of the history and manifestations of this all-pervasive malaise, with hope-filled suggestions on how to deal with it. - Rev Fr John Flader, Sydney ... very readable and sensitive and.. an important contribution to an ongoing and necessary discussion. - Dr Ron and Mrs Mavis Pirola, Former Members of the Pontifical Council for the Family
By:   Bishop Peter J Elliott
Imprint:   Freedom Publishing Books
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9780648861287
ISBN 10:   0648861287
Pages:   174
Publication Date:   03 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Most Rev Peter J Elliott holds degrees in History (Melbourne), an MA in Theology (Oxford) and a Doctorate of Theology, Laterna University, Rome. He served for ten years in the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family and, from 2004 until 2019, was Director of the Melbourne Session of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2007, retiring in 2018. His publications include What God Has Joined, the Sacramentality of Marriage.

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