A Very Kind Review of “Gay and Catholic” at Shored Fragments

plus some other book, apparently other people also write books (why?): I try to keep up with books addressing human sexuality from a theological/Christian perspective. The general flow of publications reminds me of an exchange from an old BBC Radio 4 drama:‘He made pork pies the way Wagner wrote semiquavers.’‘You mean they were good?’‘Not often. But there were an awful lot of them…’A minority of the books published simply repeat already well-rehearsed arguments and so contribute … [Read more...]

Hey Look, It’s the Prayer My Spiritual Director Warned Me About!

Nathaniel Torrey on the Litany of Humility, which I super love although I also appreciate the fact that almost every reference I see to it includes some kind of Grizzled Local Tells Teens Not to Go in the Woods kind of warning. For me it helps me trust & rely solely on God--it reassures me that even if all my own schemes and people-pleasing strategies fail, God will love me. I think the worry is that the prayer can be misused to reinforce feelings like, "I don't deserve love." Fortunately … [Read more...]

Listen to an Interview with Wesley Hill and Me

With Beyond Words Radio. We delve into our conversion/deepening of faith stories, reparative therapy, and what gay Christians can offer our churches. I'm consistently unable to remember that most people aren't gay. I do these shows and I act as if the majority of listeners are themselves gay. That's a useful approach--speaking as if the margins are the center and just letting the actual majority see the world through that lens--but it does mean I often speak to a fantasy audience I imagine … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey Interviews Me About “Gay and Catholic”

here you go! ...Q: Your book offers some very practical and helpful advice for gay Catholics who desire a full and fruitful relationship with the Church. If you could offer one major point of advice (along with my advice that they BUY the BOOK!), what would it be.You can kind of hear it in my answer above: honesty. It’s really hard to be honest with yourself and with God. We often confuse self-criticism and even self-hatred with humility and honesty. But in fact self-loathing is s … [Read more...]

From the Letters of St Gregory of Nazianzus to St Basil

What I wrote before about our stay in Pontus was in joke, not in earnest; what I write now is very much in earnest. O that one would place me as in the month of those former days, Job 29:2 in which I luxuriated with you in hard living; since voluntary pain is more valuable than involuntary delight. O that one would give me back those psalmodies and vigils and those sojournings with God in prayer, and that immaterial, so to speak, and unbodied life. O for the intimacy and one-souledness of the … [Read more...]

Hell Is for Children: “Krabat,” A New Entry in the Field of Scary Christmas Movies

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.-Gal 5:1 One of my favorite novels when I was a girl was The Satanic Mill, by Ottfried Preussler. The title is not a metaphor or an allusion; the book is about a mill that is run by a man who has sold his soul to Satan. An orphan child finds his way to the mill and enters its sinister brotherhood, getting to know the other apprentices and journeymen--and, eventually, learning magic alongside … [Read more...]

“The Universal Call to Christian Love”: Fare Forward on My Book

you could discuss it in your town too! On November 18th a group of young adults gathered in DC to talk about Eve Tushnet’s book, Gay and Catholic at a discussion hosted by Fare Forward. The focus wasn’t on the morality of queer sexual relationships, but on the opportunities our churches and communities offer parishioners (gay and straight) to offer deep, sacrificial love outside the “default” paths of marriage and monasteries/ordination. The discussion explored alternative ways to offer love and … [Read more...]


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