Bishop Geoffrey James Robinson: “Towards a new understanding of LGBT lives and love”

Abstract: There is no possibility of a change in the Church’s teaching on homosexual acts unless there is first a change in its teaching on heterosexual acts. So if you want change in the teaching on homosexual acts, work for change concerning all sexual acts. There is a profound need for this change.

Bishop Geoffrey James Robinson was ordained for the Archdiocese of Sydney (Australia) in 1960, and was named auxiliary bishop of Sydney in 1984. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology and canon Law, from universities in Australia and Rome.
For many years he served as the Chairman of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board and the Australian Catholic Education Commission, New South Wales. He worked extensively in the areas of ecumenism and professional standards in ministry.

He has authored books on marriage, divorce, annulment, the Gospel of Mark, and religious experiences in everyday life. Since his retirement in 2004 he has written Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus (2007), Love’s Urgent Longings (2010) and For Christ’s Sake: End Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church…for Good (2013), all three concerned with seeking to obliterate sexual abuse in the Church.



Foreword by Donald Cozzens, “Confronting Power And Sex In The Catholic Church” by Geoffrey Robinson, Liturgical Press, 2008, 1-5 (PDF)

Sexual relationships: where does our morality come from? by Bishop Geoffrey James Robinson (PDF)