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Vatican Asks Canadian Theologian To Renounce Views on Sex

January 31, 1992

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The Vatican on Thursday said it had ordered the Rev. Andre Guindon, a Canadian theologian and author, to renounce the positions he has taken on sexual morality or face possible punishment.

It said that in his 1986 book ″The Sexual Creators,″ Guindon gave homosexuality the same moral standing as heterosexuality, said premarital sex could be sanctioned and criticized the Vatican ban on artificial birth control. The Holy See also said he undervalued the aspect of procreation in sex, erroneously interpreted church teaching and portrayed church weddings as irrelevant.

The note, from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the nuncio in Canada delivered the message on Wednesday to Guindon, a professor of moral theology at St. Paul University in Ottawa.

If Guindon failed to bring his positions in line with church teaching, he faced possible punishment, ″which could include withdrawal of his right to teach as a Catholic theologian,″ according to a Vatican news release.

The note said Guindon told his superiors in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate the book ″is meant to be faithful to the richness of the Catholic tradition,″ except on the question of contraception.

The Vatican note quoted Guindon as saying in his book that he wanted to help create ″an alternative to the unsatisfactory fecundity-fertility view″ of sex. Instead, he was quoted as saying, sexuality should be described in terms of sensuality and tenderness, representing a person’s physical and spiritual dimensions.

There was no answer Thursday at Guindon’s university office.