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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 24, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2004

Aline H. Kalbian
Pages 55-69

Integrity in Catholic Sexual Ethics

TOTALITY AND COMPLEMENTARITY ARE PROMINENT TERMS IN CATHOLIC discussions of sexuality and gender. In this essay I explore these terms as they relate to the concept of integrity. I argue that although these terms were originally intended to describe the importance of physical integrity or wholeness, recent moves toward a more personalistic sexual ethic have rendered them problematic. More precisely, although these two terms appear to have integrity as their goal, uncertainty about the object of integrity results in fragmentation.

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