Videos on Homosexuality and Chastity in the Catholic Church

I’m in this: What you’ll find here are videos by a group of faithful gay Catholics who believe in the Church’s teachings about marriage and sexuality. We’ll talk about what that teaching is and why we’ve embraced it, the spiritual riches that we’ve found within the Church, the obstacles and misunderstandings that we’ve faced, and [Read More...]

Cheer Up with the Smiths! I’m at the American Spectator

reporting live from 1984! What everybody forgets about the Smiths is how much fun they were. And not just fun: The band careened through the ’80s putting out four studio albums which were joyful, sexy, funny, self-deprecating, silly, and even sometimes compulsively danceable. The myth of Morrissey and his mopey muse has some truth to [Read More...]

“Actively Cultivating a Celibate Vocation”: A Queer Calling

with some excellent points: …Get to know people who live a celibate vocation Finding active models of a celibate life worth living is hard. I spent time hanging out at monasteries and reading memoirs of people who remained single throughout their entire life. One of the most helpful books for me is My Song is [Read More...]

Yet More Gay Catholic Whatnot

Enough is never enough of Gay Catholic Stuff. Anyway here’s a bunch of the Usual Suspects talking about various topics, for an upcoming website. I don’t remember anything I said in these videos so uh… enjoy! (In all seriousness, it’s an interesting group of people with large areas of overlap but also divergent life experiences [Read More...]

“Coming Out Catholic: The Movie”: Me at AmCon

on a truly excellent film: At the Level Ground film festival the other weekend, I got to see “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” a truly moving and well-made documentary—and an example of the movement I described in my “Coming Out Christian” piece. “Desire” lets three gay or same-sex attracted Catholics tell their stories. It’s not [Read More...]

In Defense of Wasting Your Life

Speaking of contradictory truths… I often tell this story when I talk: A couple of years ago I received a poignant email from a man who said, among other things, that he did accept the Church’s teaching and was trying to live up to it. But he still wondered: What happens if I change my [Read More...]

Four Thoughts on Gay Catholic Whatnot

Overall, I loved Level Ground. By the end I was finally tired of yapping about Gay Catholic Whatnot, which I thought would never happen to me!, but it was a chance to meet many terrific people and see a truly extraordinary movie (which I’ll write about very soon). I’m slowly winding my way back toward [Read More...]

In the LA Area? Come See Movies and Also Me!

The Level Ground Film Festival, which explores the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life, has already started! I will be doing a whole bunch of stuff with them Thursday and Friday: the Dinner Gala on Thursday, where I’m on a panel screening of the film “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” (exploring the lives of [Read More...]

Blogwatch, With Her Gummy Hands

Some links for a slushy Saturday evening. “LGBT Rights and the UN: What the Church Does Not Teach.” Powerful. “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators.” Basically because we’ve always had it too easy and don’t know how to work. I’d heard most of this before and it very much rings true for me–studying Russian has [Read More...]

Lots of Really Great Stuff at Spiritual Friendship Now

including: Melinda Selmys on the Cross as gift. This post manages to take a discourse I usually find kind of impenetrable–the argument about whether and how “homosexuality” (STILL NOT A THEOLOGICAL CATEGORY) is a gift–and make it into something truly sublime. I still resist looking at “homosexuality” (is this a thing?) as a “cross” full-stop, [Read More...]