“On Abstaining from Communion”: Poignant, Funny Post from Max Lindemann

on a recurring theme here: ...As the episode with the baffled usher illustrates, some people simply aren’t used to non-communicants. During one early-morning Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan, I approached the celebrant with my arms crossed. (This was before I had been properly briefed on how barbarous an abuse of the liturgy abuse this constitutes.) The poor priest tried to thrust the Host into my mouth, forcing me to block his hand with the crux of my arms and clamp my mouth s … [Read more...]

“In Your Guts, You Know You’re Nuts”: Mockingbird Reviews My Novel

woohoo! In her hilarious first novel, Amends, just released this past August, Eve Tushnet brings together a lively troupe of totally unhinged characters to participate in a reality TV show about addiction. The novel’s “talent” (the cast) lugs around dark histories and fears and sins, but their instability makes them not only interesting but also completely approachable. more … [Read more...]

“Always Consider the Person”: Homosexuality at the World Meeting of Families–This Is Less Boring Than It Sounds

(sorry--ANYWAY this is the transcript of the presentation by Ron Belgau and his mom):...I don’t think my 17-year-old self could ever have imagined my dad being as passionate as he is about protecting kids from homophobia. But it’s a reminder everyone can grow and transform. Turning back the clock to my adolescence, it never really hit home to me just how big a burden I was carrying until I was telling the story to a friend in college. He looked at me incredulously and said, “I can’t imagine … [Read more...]

“Gay Catholics and Spiritual Friendship”: Catholic News Service

video, with me & Ron Belgau: … [Read more...]

Slate Interviews Ron Belgau aka That Gay Dude at the World Meeting of Families

(that one.) Last section was the most powerful for me, but here's an earlier bit:My main goal is to reach out and encourage people who feel trapped because they believe what the church teaches about sex but feel that this leaves them no way to have a meaningful life. That’s who I’m talking to most of the time and trying to find ways to help people who agree with church teachings to live out their convictions and be welcomed and supported by other Christians as they do so.more … [Read more...]

“Can You Be Catholic and Gay? These Young Churchgoers Weigh In”: Fusion Media

w/Jorge Ramos: “Can you be a gay man, a lesbian, or a transgender person, and still be a Catholic?”That was just one of the questions Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asked a group of young Roman Catholics during a recent discussion about the changing nature of Catholicism in the U.S.Half of the panelists were members of the LGBT community, while the other half was comprised of conservative Catholics, including one young priest.“We’re doing it, right?” Eve Tushnet, a lesbian Catholic author and … [Read more...]

“Matters of Life and Death”: Calah Alexander

writes: It doesn’t just seem like our lives will be over because we have “an intensely narrow vision” of our own identity. Our lives actually do end, in many ways, when we become mothers. It’s the end of one life, the only life we’d ever known, and the beginning of another, and it’s at least as terrifying as being born must be. Maybe more so, because we’re cognizant of what’s happening, and we know that what is now required is the hardest thing of all — to lay down our life for someone else. mo … [Read more...]