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Sent: 17 October 2012 14:50 From the standpoint of LGBT history, John E. Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality is a must (UChicago Press, 1980). Mark D. Jordan's Silence of Sodom, Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism (UChicago Press, 2002) and Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk About Homosexuality (2011; University of Chicago Press). Dyan Elliot's Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) is an excellent primer on the concept of pollution and foundational attitudes on sexuality in the Catholic Church. Additionally I recommend the Liber Gommorhianus by St. Peter Damian (1051 CE). Damian was part of a vocal minority in the central middle ages that spoke out against what they thought were vices in the clergy. Damian equated sodomy (the church word for male on male sex act) to murder. The University of Ontario published an excellent translation by Pierre J. Payer in 1982 or so, and while I do not have a copy at my fingertips, it can be found through inter-library loan, if your uni does not have a copy. Depending on the level of the course, Damian's attitudes were foundational to the eventual legal proscriptions against clerical sodomy... Ahh, found it. Pierre J. Payer, Book of Gomorrah: An Eleventh-Century Treatise against Clerical Homosexual Practices (Ontario, 1982) My apologies for the data dump. Hope these books are useful. Jeffrey W. Cisneros