Kansas City: Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1976. Second printing. Octavo, original white cloth, original dust jacket. Early owner signature on front free endpaper. Mild soiling to cloth and minor edge-wear and toning to spine of dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #244
"I PARTICULARLY WANT TO REACH, AND OPEN UP NEW, HOPEFUL POSSIBILITIES, FOR ALL CATHOLIC HOMOSEXUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT TOGETHER THEIR DUAL IDENTITIES AS CATHOLICS AND AS HOMOSEXUALS" Second printing of the American Jesuit's controversial call recognizing the "need for a reappraisal" of the moral, theological and pastoral issues relating to homosexuality. Father McNeill's Preface (dated, "15 January 1976 / Crossroads of Reflection and Action / New York, N.Y.") chronicles a long and arduous road to publication. The book grew out of articles that McNeill began publishing in 1970. As the first draft of his manuscript began circulating, McNeill gave the first keynote speech at the first national convention of Dignity in 1973. That speech was published in the National Catholic Reporter to a "staggering" response. The Jesuit Father General Pedro Arrupe intervened, halting the publication process and forbidding McNeill from speaking publicly until a commission composed of fellow Jesuit theologians (Avery Dulles, Richard McCormick, Richard Roach, and Robert Springer, supplemented by Charles Curran) reviewed the manuscript. After additional rounds of review and revision, the all-important Imprimi Potest (granting permission to publish) was finally secured in the fall of 1975 on the condition that Father McNeill differentiate his own views from official Church teachings. Divided into three main parts—I. Historical Background, II. Theological and Philosophical Aspects, III. Pastoral Ministry—the Church and the Homosexual attracted enough attention to quickly warrant this second printing only a month after the first. A contemporary reviewer described the book as "an argument for the acceptance of homosexuality as a viable, Christian life-style which can express the virtues of justice, fidelity, and love" (Gary Chamberlain, The Critic). Second printing: August 1976 (first printed in July). Imprimi Potest of the Provincial of the New York Province, Society of Jesus.