I read this book as part of an ongoing study of Catholic history as well as the Church s long history of corruption within its own ranks Half of this book is dedicated to an introduction and a translator s preface The second half of the book is the actual text written by St Peter Damian for Pope Leo IX The introduction and preface contain useful history as well as discussing the differing opinions among historians regarding how the book was received by the Pontiff some who feel that this book was rejected or dismissed by Pope Leo IX.The book itself is a wonder of thought and language The translation, as far as I can tell, is superb and reveals St Peter Damian to be an eloquent and passionate writer Fascinating and highly recommended. Very interesting read, and quite informative It helped me out a lot. Not for the faint of heart This medieval work by St Peter Damien, with a helpful introduction to the modern reader, will provide sobering insight into a saintly abbot s urgent and successful pleading with the Holy Father to address the corruption of the clergy and the particular sin of sodomy. This little book might just give you the motivation to work out in fear and trembling, and with the grace of with the Holy Spirit, the salvation of your soul A great book for those who desire heaven. Interesting Some Of The Roots Of The Characteristic Negative Attitude To Homosexuality Can Be Found In Peter Damian S Appeal To Pope Leo IX Though Written Years Ago By An Italian Monk In A Remote Corner Of Italy, The Book Of Gomorrah Is Relevant To Contemporary Discussion Of Homosexuality The Book Of Gomorrah Asks The Pope To Take Steps To Halt The Spread Of Homosexual Practices Among The Clergy The First Part Outlines The Various Forms Of Homosexual Practice, The Specific Abuses, And The Inadequacy Of Traditional Penitential Penances, And Demands That Offenders Be Removed Form Their Ecclesiastical Positions The Second Part Is An Impassioned Plea To The Offenders To Repent Of Their Ways, Accept Due Penance, And Cease From Homosexual ActivityPayer S Is The First Translation Of The Full Tract Into Any Language From The Original Latin In His Introduction To The Tract Payer Places The Book Of Gomorrah In Its Context As The First Major Systematic Treatise In The Medieval West Against Various Homosexual Acts, Provides A Critique Of Peter Damian S Arguments, And Outlines His Life The Annotated Translation Is Followed By A Translation Of The Letter Of Pope Leo IX In Reply To Damian S Treatise, An Extensive Bibliography, And IndexesThe Book Will Be Of Interest To Students Of Medieval History And Religion, To Ethicists And Students Of Social S, And To Persons Generally Concerned With The Historical Roots Of Present Day Attitudes To Homosexuality
Saint Peter Damian Latin Petrus Damianus Italian Pietro or Pier Damiani c 1007 21 or 22 February 1072 or 1073 was a reforming Benedictine monk and cardinal in the circle of Pope Leo IX Dante placed him in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as a great predecessor of Saint Francis of Assisi and he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1828 His feast day is February 21.
- 108 pages
- Book of Gomorrah
- Peter Damian
- 09 March 2017 Peter Damian