Small Synod Notes: Not All Gay This Time. (But Mostly Gay.)

* Obviously I'm disappointed that the language of sacrificial love and welcome couldn't get a 2/3 vote.* More disappointing, though, is that neither "side" sought to imagine vocations--a fruitful, sacrificially loving future--for gay people within the Catholic Church and in accordance with Her teaching. That's just not anywhere in any document from the bishops. It's the most important question and it's still a blank.(Do I want bishops to sit around imagining my life? Not necessarily. But … [Read more...]

“What the Synod of Bishops’ Document Means for Gay People”: Me at OnFaith

doin' my thing: "Pope Will Marry a Gay Couple Tomorrow, Probably.” “Pope Just Basically Giving Up on Catholicism: ‘Fun While It Lasted,’ Pontiff Says.” “Synod Changes Absolutely Nothing, Unless It Helps Me Politically.”According to the headlines, either St. Peter’s has been demolished by a great gay earthquake, or the Synod of Bishops on the family is a tiny earthworm whose tiny earthworm-castings will be forgotten before All Souls’ Day. Of the making of tweets there is no end.In reality … [Read more...]

Synods Welcome: Short Takes on Gay Catholic Whatnot

based solely on the relatio so far since I wrote this early this morning. Gotta do Russian homework but will read the other stuff coming out of the Synod asap. I am but a hamster in the whirling news cycle. Obviously the “relatio” is not official Church doctrine etc etc etc, and I have no idea how much it even reflects the conversations and thinking of the bishops. I tend to expect the worst from them; put not your trust in princes of the Church and all that. Still, on the specific subjects I kn … [Read more...]

Discipleship Is a Journey: “Gay and Catholic” Book Extra

Hello! I'm cheating here and basically just writing up my notes from the talk I gave at the Trinity School for Ministry conference this past weekend. (All the sessions will be available--some as video, some as podcast--and I'm super looking forward to listening to the sessions I missed, e.g. Melinda Selmys exploring transgender identity through the lens of Flannery O'Connor's "Temple of the Holy Ghost.") This topic is obviously especially relevant given the buzz around "gradualism" at the … [Read more...]

Is Celibacy Just “The New Ex-Gay”? A “Gay and Catholic” Book Extra

I've heard this claim a few times--don't feel like rounding up links, hope you will trust me!--and it's an understandable concern. "Ex-gay" groups have lost a lot of credibility lately; the largest ex-gay ministry, Exodus International, shut its doors last year and its president issued an apology for the harm it had caused. So it's natural to wonder whether the many problems of the ex-gay movement would go undercover, and reemerge in some new disguise. Meanwhile celibate lgbt Christians are … [Read more...]

“Nigerian Archbishop Comes to Defence of Gays and Criticises Western Efforts to Limit Population Growth”: The Tablet

writes: The Archbishop of Jos has stressed that the Catholic Church in Nigeria is opposed to any discrimination of gay people.Earlier this year, Nigeria adopted a law that hands out 14-year sentences to anyone entering a same-sex union and bans public displays of affection between homosexual couples.At the time, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama announced the Church’s support for the legislation. The move was widely seen has giving Catholic support to punitive discrimination of gay p … [Read more...]

“Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction”: Conference in PA This Weekend–I’ll Be There!

Where will you be? (I hope you're visualizing that in scary Jack Chick flame-letters.)The conference is at Trinity School for Ministry, near Pittsburgh. It features Wesley Hill, Melinda Selmys, Mark Yarhouse, and me. It starts Friday night. I'll be doing two presentations Saturday, one on "Sacrifice and Sublimation: Understanding Same-Sex Desire," and one on "Discipleship Is a Journey, Not a Destination," plus I'll be on the wrap-up panel at the end. Check out the other topics here! And … [Read more...]


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