What is vernacular catholicism? : the "dignity" example

Primiano Leonard Norman: What is vernacular catholicism? : the "dignity" example. In: Politics and folk religion, (6). pp. 51-58. (2001)

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The fact of Christianity’s negative attitude toward homosexual relations has not stopped a large number of gay and lesbian Christian believers from continuing to think of themselves as members of their respective denominations. In many American metropolitan settings, groups of homosexual Roman Catholics have formed a religious organisation named ‘Dignity’ to fulfill a need for worship and socializing. Focusing on the Philadelphia branch of Dignity, this paper examines the reasons for the continued involvement by homosexual American Catholics in religion in general and in such an antagonistic religious institution in particular. The study of the sexual politics of this Dignity congregation has generated a new perspective which underscores the insufficiency of the conventional terminology of “sectarian,” “popular,” or even “official,” religion for describing the vitality of lived religion. In response, I offer the term “vernacular religion” which will be explained and assessed as a new approach in the search for understanding of any given community of believers and their various categories of religious belief. The relation of the study of vernacular religion to the Philadelphia Dignity community will be discussed through an examination of its history and developments; of the negotiated beliefs of its members; and its reactions to the institutional church, and to the AIDS crisis.

Item Type: Book Section
Journal or Publication Title: Politics and folk religion
Date: 2001
Volume: 6
ISSN: 1419-1288
ISBN: 963 482 400 5
Page Range: pp. 51-58
Series Name: Szegedi vallási néprajzi könyvtár
Language: English
Event Title: Symposium of SIEF Commission of folk religion (3.) (1999) (Szeged)
Related URLs: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/69832/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vallásosság - 20. sz., Valláspolitika - 20. sz., Népi vallásosság, Kereszténység, Homoszexualitás
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 58. p. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.03. Philosophy, ethics and religion
Date Deposited: 2020. Sep. 11. 10:40
Last Modified: 2022. Feb. 03. 09:43
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/69998

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