Eve Tushnet, an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic convert, shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.
Lisa M. Hendey
"You need a vocation of 'yes,' not a vocation of 'no.'" Eve Tushnet talks with fellow Ave Maria press author and Catholic blogger Lisa Hendey about the new book.
"Few writers have thought as deeply or as creatively about same-sex attraction and its existential significance for persons who experience it." -- Princeton's Robert P. George and others respond to Gay and Catholic.
"When I became Catholic in 1998, I didn't know any other gay, lesbian, or bisexual people who intended to be faithful to the Church's teachings on sexuality. I didn't even know of any such people."
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Yes it’s possible. And it just might be the one road – albeit fraught with its own peculiar landmines, disappointments, and pain - that ultimately leads many home.
This book is a most engaging, thoughtful and completely open plea to look beyond the culture wars and the easy labeling — Addict! Queer! Christianist! God-Botherer! — that enables and encourages so much hatred, and thus puts all of ours souls at risk.
Tushnet's book helped me see a blindspot in my call to love others. Too often I subconsciously write off many who identify as gay as opponents rather than brothers and sisters who have their very being stamped with God's own heart.
The point of Tushnet’s book is simple: you need to define the purpose of your life in positive terms, not negative terms—in terms of the pole that attracts you, not in terms of the pole that repels you, that you are seeking to avoid.
You should read this book for a couple of compelling reasons, not the least of which is it's one of the best explorations of the Christian vocation to love I've ever read.
Here’s the thing about Eve Tushnet — she’s Catholic through and through, in a way that I only long (and sometimes pretend) to be.
Meet one of the hardest books I’ve been asked to read and one of the most important books I’ve read and one that should be a must-read for everyone today.
Eve's book is a resistance manual for everyone who notices they’ve been drafted into a culture war. Not us-against-them, but all of us versus the temptation to express love faint-heartedly, slothfully, along the path of least resistance that our culture affords us.
Eve calls on the Church to reach out and welcome same-sex attracted Christians, and she proposes seven suggestions for cultural change within the Christian churches.
Eve, whether she puts it in these words or not, is striving toward the wonderful objective that Margaret Rose Realy states so beautifully, “Being pleasing to God.”
Eve Tushnet has done a wonderful thing by providing all Catholics with a guide on friendship. True agape, self-giving friendship. Gay or straight we can all learn from this.