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The Sexual Believer: Uncommon Reflections on Sexual Morality for Catholics in the Third Millennium

Cooper, Noel

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The Sexual Believer is intended for adults who have grown up with traditional religious teaching about sexual morality. The book discusses the foundations of traditional teaching in the bible and the “natural law” philosophy, and explores with an open mind the value of sexual activity within marriage and in a variety of other contexts, including teenage sexual activity, co-habitation, and gay-lesbian-bi relationships. Suggestions are offered for helping young people and married couples form better relationships. Every chapter is followed by questions for reflection and discussion. My purpose in publishing these opinions is not to try to persuade the Catholic Church (or any other church) to change its teachings about sexuality. No doubt the Vatican will decide to alter some of its viewpoints over the course of decades, generations or centuries to come. Contemporary believers, however, cannot wait for the Vatican to decide; we must make our decisions now. This book is intended to stimulate discussion and to reassure people of faith who make responsible decisions every day. No one can be a faithful follower of Jesus all by oneself; decisions are best considered within a context of community. For some generations, many Catholics have ignored traditional teaching about sexuality; many have felt defiant rather than guilty in the process, even though we realize that many of our clergy are scornful of our behavior and our opinions. Still, we take courage because our bishops have acknowledged that it is possible to be a faithful Catholic in good standing while disagreeing with some Catholic teachings. We are good people, trying to be faithful Christians living in a turbulent world. We care about our maturing children, we want them to have the benefit of a community of faith, and we need to consider how to advise them about these important issues. The community of faith to which we belong to may be described as “the community of disheartened believers,” people of integrity who need the support and encouragement that can be found in listening to each other and sharing our experiences honestly. We are one component of the church. We can be sexual believers.

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Noel Cooper was Coordinator of Religious Education for the York Catholic District School Board from 1972 until his retirement in 1998. In that role, he developed curriculum for Religious Education and Family Life Education, assisted teachers in classrooms, and offered courses and conferences for teachers. He has taught Religious Education courses for teachers since 1970 at several locations in Canada. He was a member of the writing team for the catechetical program for Grades 7 and 8 published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also contributed to the “Roots” program for high school Religious Education, published by CCCB in 1993. Since becoming a pensioner Noel has worked with a colleague offering "Focus on Fathers," a program for fathers of young children. More than 400 fathers have taken these programs; the only required qualification is that the dads have a child under the age of six. In 2003, he published Language of the Heart (Novalis), an introductory "users' guide" about Scripture, based on the courses he has taught for more than 30 years. In 2009, his second book was published by Liturgical Press, entitled What Makes Us Whole: Finding God in Contemporary Life. The Sexual Believer was published in 2011. Besides a BA in Philosophy and English and an STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) from St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto (1961, 1964), Noel Cooper holds licentiate degrees in Sacred Theology (Angelicum University, Rome, 1966) and Sacred Scripture (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 1968). He and his late wife Patricia are parents of Andrew (1974), Paul (1977) and John (1979). In 2005, he married Patricia Beecham. They reside some 70 miles north of Toronto.

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