“Peter Damian’s Liber Gomorrhianus (Book of Gomorrah) tackles sexual immorality among Christians, especially clergy and religious, with shocking frankness. The Liber Gomorrhianus is undoubtedly the most stirringly eloquent and impassioned denunciation of sexual perversion ever penned by a. Among St. Peter Damian’s most famous writings is his lengthy treatise, Letter 31, the Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus), containing the most extensive.

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Peter was one of the forerunners of the Gregorian Revolution of the late 11th century, a revolution marked by the effort to centralize Church governance, establish a distinction between lay and clerical states, and an apparent revulsion against human sexuality.

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Obviously, the content is not politically correct today; but, the consequences for choices and behaviors addressed so many centuries ago remain the same today, regardless of who writes about them. In this, Petrus Damiani made an attack on homosexual practices, mutual masturbation, copulation between the thighsanal copulation and solitary masturbation[1] as subversive disruptions against the moral order occasioned by the madness associated with an excess of lust.

The translation is clear and well-articulated, rendering the book in elegant English. Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Ecclesiastical response to Catholic sex abuse cases.

The message is that the gift of life and the transmission of life are holy, and to defile them is to invite the wrath of God. I remember perusing an earlier edition of the same author and similar text in as the weekend head of a circulation department of a 1.

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See all 20 reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Peter and the Holy Father in his introduction letter for the book, are crystal clear on the behavior of the clergy at that time and today, you hear of all the stuff going lkber from ChurchMilitant. I have accepted with pleasure the task of writing this brief presentation of a book which Daniel Van SlykeS.


Peter Damian wrote this, the swamp seems filled again. Please try again later. A great gomorehianus and libber of the church led the way to purifying the church of this problem in the past. It also urges the permanent defrocking of clerics who are habituated to homosexual behavior and endorses the permanent confinement those guilty of child sex abuse. He opposes the ordination of gimorrhianus who engage in homosexual sex liher wants those already ordained dismissed from Holy Orders.

It includes a 10,word biographical introduction recounting Damian’s struggle against corruption in gomirrhianus Catholic Church, and a translator’s preface that breaks new scholarly ground and resolves old controversies about the text. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Written in the 11th century by St. It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! Write a customer review. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Benet’s Hall, Oxford “The Book of Gomorrah has recently been translated from the original Latin into English, with copious introductory material, by an erudite Catholic who is faithful to Christ and his Church: This attack was delivered in the form of a treatise entitled ‘Liber Gomorrihianus’, written by the outstanding Church reformist Peter Damian.

The devil’s artful fraud devises these degrees of failing into ruin such that the higher the level the unfotyunate soul reaches in them, the deeper it sinks in the depths of hell’s pit.

Peter Damian, a Cardinal Bishop, this is a warning to us in our own time. Fomorrhianus is noted that the book doesn’t condemn those who have homosexual urges, but those who act gkmorrhianus them. He calls for depriving all priests and monks of their offices and even of clerical status for any kind of homosexual contact or even masturbation.

He was especially indignant about priests having sexual relationships with adolescent boys. Prior to Damian no Christian writer condemned homosexuality in such resolute terms; more gokorrhianus that, the problem of such practices within the Church itself was seldom touched upon in the ecclesiastical literature.


The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy. It caused a great stir and aroused not a little enmity against its author.

Przeglad Historyczny Historical Review. Yet his unwavering condemnation of sexual impurity appears alongside laments over the souls of those who have fallen into impurity and exhortations that they rise again.

Moreover, as the analysis of the treatise demonstrates, this menace concerns not only the sphere of sexuality, but human culture in the broad understanding of the term and social order.

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Note that although the author considers sex between men to be the most sinful, he includes, as did other medieval writers, masturbation among the sins “against nature”. Sodomy, concludes Damian, can be compared with no other form of sin: He softened the suggestions for decisive action against offending clerics made by the author and excluded from the ranks of clergy only those who had offended repeatedly and over a long period of time.

He singles out superiors who, due to excessive and misplaced piety, have been lax in their duty to uphold church discipline.