“In Defense of Flagellation”: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

is right: ...During the podcast, the guests made several in-passing negative references to the monastic practice of self-flagellation, which were never challenged. In particular, they made a couple points: the first is that God, being fundamentally non-violent and opposed to suffering, could not condone such a practice; second, that monks who engage(d) in such a practice were trying to earn holiness. Yet we find that many great saints, who were in no dangers of such spiritual … [Read more...]

All of My Book “DVD Extras” in One Place

The menu screen, if we're going to extend this already-kinda-dumb dvd analogy. I've starred the ones which were popular or which I personally thought turned out especially well. Enjoy! (And buy my book!)* The "Gay and Catholic" Drinking Game. Possibly my favorite of these posts.*The Anima Christi*Celibacy in partnershipHow are gay, celibate Christians going to change the culture?When the going gets weird, the weird get spiritual direction.*Is "vocational discernment" just … [Read more...]

“QUIZ: Modernist Church or Communist Building?”

Ooh, this is gonna sting. Via the Rattus. … [Read more...]

Vocation as the Next Right Thing: “Gay and Catholic” Tiny Book Extra

Okay, as I wrap up this series of "dvd extras" for my book, let me maybe relieve some pressure.A Queer Calling today has a thoughtful post about talking to teens about celibate vocations. I've tried throughout this series to flag some of the problems with the way we--I--often talk about "discerning a vocation." We can make it sound like vocation is navel-gazing; or like it's a self-directed quest where you pick which of the million possible paths ahead of you looks best, rather than sticking … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco Interviews Me on Vocations to Love

You'll have to put up with some technical glitches. Pretend that we're a slightly scratched record from that used-books-and-music shop you visit in your dreams.Libresco's post; also wow, my facial expressions are ridiculous. I look like I'm made of Silly Putty. … [Read more...]

I’m Interviewed About My Book at A Queer Calling

enjoy! AQC: Now that your book is out on shelves, what book or books do you think are still missing from the conversation? What are some of the books on LGBT people in the Church that you’d love to see a different author write?ET: There are so many more books to be written! There’s a whole book to be done about celibacy in partnership. There should be a book directed more toward pastors, spiritual directors, counselors etc. There should be a book which engages more with lesbian history–I was … [Read more...]

Not Only Avoiding Unjust Discrimination, But Supporting Gay People’s Vocations: A “Gay and Catholic” Demi-Polemical Book Extra

Over the past couple weeks I've had a lot of opportunities to hang out with lgbt Christians who accept and strive to follow the historical Christian sexual ethic. It's been a great chance to see the diversity of our community. But we also have a lot in common; and one depressing thing many of us turned out to have in common was experience of discrimination due to our sexual orientation. I admit I was surprised to learn just how many celibate lgbt Christians had been fired, denied jobs, … [Read more...]


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