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Sex, Love, and Families

Catholic Perspectives
Edited by Jason King and Julie Hanlon Rubio

ISBN: 9780814687949, 8794
Details: 328 pgs, 6 x 9 x 5/8
Publication Date: 03/30/2020


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2021 Association of Catholic Publishers first place award in theology

2021 Catholic Media Association Award first place award in marriage and family living

Six years into the papacy of Pope Francis, Catholics are still figuring out how to respond to his image of the church as a field hospital —a church that goes into the streets rather than remaining locked up behind closed doors. Marriage and family are primary sites of the field hospital, called to meet people's need for healing and accompaniment with compassion and love. The authors of this collection —all lay, a mix of single and married, traditional and progressive Catholics —take up this work. They offer practical wisdom from and critical engagement with the Catholic tradition but avoid rehashing decades-old theological debates. Instead, their essays engage with and respond to realities shaping contemporary family life, like religious pluralism, technology, migration, racism, sex and gender, incarceration, consumerism, and the call to holiness. The result is a collection that envisions ways that families can be places of healing and love in and for the world.

List of contributors:

  • Jennifer Beste
  • Megan K. McCabe
  • Elizabeth Antus
  • Kathryn Lilla Cox
  • Kent Lasnoski
  • Hoon Choi
  • Cristina L. H. Traina
  • Craig A. Ford Jr.
  • Bridget Burke Ravizza
  • Julie Donovan Massey
  • Emily Reimer-Barry
  • Richard Gaillardetz
  • Timothy O'Malley
  • Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar
  • Kathryn Getek-Solis
  • Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman
  • Jana Marguerite Bennett
  • Victor Carmona
  • Gemma Tulud Cruz
  • Daniel Olsen
  • Thomas Beaudoin
  • Christine Firer Hinze
  • David Cloutier
  • Marcus Mescher
  • Sue Muldoon
  • Timothy Muldoon
  • Mary M. Doyle-Roche
  • Jason King
  • Julie Rubio


Julie Hanlon Rubio is professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. Previously, she taught for nineteen years at St. Louis University. Her research focuses on marriage, family, sex, and gender. She is the author of four books, including Family Ethics: Practices for Christians (Georgetown, 2010). She speaks to a wide variety of public audiences and writes for popular venues such as America magazine, National Catholic Reporter, the Washington Post, and US Catholic.

Jason King is professor of theology at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is the author of Faith with Benefits: Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2017) and essays in American Benedictine Review, Journal of Catholic Higher Education, and Horizons. Currently, he edits the Journal of Moral Theology.

"This book addresses some of the most compelling subjects in Catholic and even in human history. There is a lot to ponder here and a basket of hope for new ways of thinking."

"I cannot think of any duo more competent or attractive for hosting a Catholic discourse on Sex, Love, and Family than Jason King and Julie Rubio. Today, in the United States, millions agree to disagree about what constitutes good sex, good love, and good family, but that agreement is usually followed by a silence because few are willing to hear the differences. Well, those days are over because our editors did not shy away from truly challenging contributors. Pick up his book and discover that you are probably not as conservative (or as progressive) as you thought. These are powerful, thoughtful, and honest pieces and their claims ought to finally end the timid silence that has been way too seductive and self-serving."
James F. Keenan, SJ, Canisius Professor of Theology, Boston College

"Sex, marriage, and family mores are changing radically. Whether you are celebrating or alarmed, you can learn from the realistic, hopeful, and impactful voices gathered here. They seek the light of faith in LGBTQI identity, campus hook-ups, heartbreaking pregnancy loss, identity-challenging infertility, undocumented siblings, incarcerated parents, interchurch families, `secular Catholic' families, twenty-first century parenting, marital love as abiding friendship, discipleship through divorce, and more. Sex, Love, and Families would make an excellent course text; no student would skip the readings and the discussions would run themselves."
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College

"Certainly, this is a think-outside-the-box read. Norms applying to topics of gender, sex, and marital patriarchy can move beyond the past. This book is an excellent resource toward that end."
Catholic Books Review