Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Maxwell Johnson

Second Advisor

Christian McConnell


The Church does not canonize saints; it canonizes causes, lifestyles, and attitudes. This is increasingly evident in the causes for lay people, especially married couples. Although it has made recent strides toward a more balanced theology of sexuality, the Catholic Church will not be comfortable canonizing happily married, sexually active couples until Mary is valued as a disciple and not exclusively as a virgin. Through an examination and evaluation of the explicit and implicit theology of sexuality as found in Scripture, Church teaching, and the canonization process, this paper will propose a new theology of sexuality based on a re-visioning of the image of Mary.



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