Pure Nonsense: U.S. Bishops Condemn Book by Creighton Theologians


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement denouncing as “harmful to one’s moral and spiritual life” a 2008 book by two theologians at Creighton University, a Roman Catholic institution. The book, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, by Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler, was published by Georgetown University Press, and the press website features much praise for the work.

It really is time to protest the patent ignorance of our bishops.

(1) I encourage all readers of Another Voice to buy and promote this excellent book.

(2) I also encourage people to send letters of support:

Professor Todd Salzman

Creighton University • 2500 California Plaza • Omaha NE • 68178

“Todd Salzman and Michael Lawler’s new book…is among the most important works in Catholic sexual ethics to emerge in the last two decades…Their book will be noticed because of its controversial positions on contraception, same-sex relationships, cohabitation and artificial means of reproduction. However, its contribution is its clear articulation of a person-centered natural-law ethic that offers Catholics an authentic way to think about sex in relation to their faith.”—National Catholic Reporter

5 thoughts on “Pure Nonsense: U.S. Bishops Condemn Book by Creighton Theologians

  1. You hit the nail on the head every time!! And it gives me hope. I hope there is some “leadership” that is reading your comments and taking them to heart. We love our Church and want so much for her, but it gets harder to stay every day.

    Question: Has any bishop or cardinal spoken out against the perpetrators of the video streaming that caused a young gay man to kill himself by jumping off the George Washington bridge? By the silence and by the exclusion of gays and lesbians and by calling them “objectively disordered”, by using charitable contributions to stop same sex marriage, they give tacit approval to this vicious and deadly behavior. I think the perpetrators should be charged with manslaughter!

  2. John , so long and I have a hard time reading off screen . But I will be back and I thank you for your wisdom . I need a day off from my regular routine to master your pages.
    Tom in San Jose town

  3. Hi Mr. Greenleaf,
    I just wanted to let you know that the authors of this book have come out with another book on the same topic. I’d be happy to send you a copy as thanks for supporting the authors before. The new book is Sexual Ethics. Just shoot me an email at jb594 AT georgetown DOT edu
    My best,
    Jackie Beilhart

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