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Immanence and Transcendence

Richard A. Schoenherr

Edited by David Yamane

in Goodbye Father

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195082593
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195082591.003.0008
Immanence and Transcendence

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This chapter continues the discussion begun in the last, explaining why each of the seven trends gaining strength in the Catholic Church consists of a pair of social forces in dialectical conflict, and how balancing the tension between them can resolve the conflict. The first to third trends in the matrix were discussed in the last chapter. This one examines the fourth and fifth trends, which affect the tension between immanence and transcendence. The fourth trend is declining transcendentalism and growing personalism in the social construction of human sexuality, which are reflected in the conflict over celibacy and marriage in the priesthood. The fifth trend is declining male dominance and growing female independence in relations between the sexes, which are reflected in the conflict over male hegemony and gender equality in the Catholic ministry.

Keywords: Catholic Church; celibacy; change; conflict; female independence; gender equality; gender relations; immanence; male dominance; male hegemony; marriage; personalism; priesthood; sexuality; social change; transcendence; transcendentalism; trends

Chapter.  4878 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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