25) Having already treated, at considerable length, the baptism-drowning of Bishop as an expression of Tarwater's grace-enabled freedom rather than his Jansenist coercion, as well as the sodomitic
rape of the boy as revealing the real nature of the demonic (Wood, Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South, 184-95, 242-44), I will here assess only Tarwater's arrival back at Powderhead as exhibiting the suffering-inducing freedom illumined by the theology of Benedict XVI.
This collection of essays contains the following contributions: "The Sodomitic
Center of the Decameron," by Michael Sherberg; "Antonia Tanini (1452-1501), Playwright, and Wife of Bernardo Pulci (1438-1488)," by Elissa B.
Kingly failure and sodomitic
rape are seen to coincide.
The "sodomite" indeed bore an identity, as moral offender, a person, and this was an essence bestowed on him by the instruments of religion and especially in the theology of Peter Damian that shifted the focus from acts to persons, thus establishing a sodomitic
The negative attitude towards homosexual or sodomitic
acts reaches back to the earliest days of organized Christianity.
Hutcheson asserts that in medieval Spain, the figure of the sodomitic
Moor was developed by Christians as a deviant figure against whom to define themselves.
Were he alive now, he would be glorying in his sodomitic
addiction, and would be cheered to the rafters by neoconservatives (of whom, more afterwards) who should know better.
The Boston chancery was following precedents already well-established in the Middle Ages, when sodomitic
priests caught with boys or young men were exiled from the city or diocese of their crime.