Because the Bible Says So: The Impact of Roman Catholic Doctrines on LGBT Rights
Columbia University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; City University of New York (CUNY)
Having a long-standing tradition of directly or indirect affecting policy-making in governments across the globe, the Roman Catholic Church, whose headquarters lie in the Vatican, has been influential, if not solely responsible, for creating and changing laws based on its morals. One such area that the Church has gotten its voice into is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. There, the Church drives home its anti-homosexuality message by using the Bible, its bruising hammer, to lob textual grenades at this community. In this paper, first, I will list several Biblical passages and analyze the views of the Roman Catholic Church and that of the LGBT community. Second, I will explain the Catholic Church’s views on specific LGBT issues such as gay or lesbian orientation, sex and marriage, and same-sex marriage rights. And third, I will provide one of the Church’s given prescriptions on how to treat homosexuality.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: LGBT Rights, LGBT Community, Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican, Roman Catholic Doctrinesworking papers series
Date posted: June 2, 2013 ; Last revised: August 18, 2013
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