Catholic sexual ethics: Complementarity and the truly human

Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler

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This disputatio is an inquiry into the nature of the truly human sexual act. The authors first present and critique the types of complementarity - heterogenital, reproductive, communion, affective, and parental - that the magisterinm finds in a truly human sexual act. They then suggest that heterosexual or homosexual orientation as part of a person's sexual constitution requires adding orientation complementarity to the equation. This addition yields the conclusion that holistic complementarity - an integration of orientation, personal, and biological complementarities - is a more adequate sine qua non of truly human sexual acts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-652
Number of pages28
JournalTheological Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


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  • Religious studies

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