Is “Vocational Discernment” Just a Fancy Term for Navel-Gazing?

A Gay and Catholic extra post!For a lot of people I think the language of vocation, and specifically the language of discerning one's vocation, offers hope. It makes the future, which for gay Christians especially can easily seem like a giant scary blank, seem more like an adventure through a realm full of possibilities.But for others this language seems to add pressure rather than relieving it. "In my day we didn't *~*discern our vocation*~*. We just took care of people!" Or, "I'm okay … [Read more...]

“Hard Questions We’re Not Asking Pope Francis”: John L. Allen, Jr

item #2: Sex abuse is another front. An exception came with an Aug. 24 piece in The New York Times about former Polish Archbishop Joseph Wesolowski, a onetime papal envoy in the Dominican Republic accused of molesting minors. He was recalled in late 2013 and laicized, meaning kicked out of the priesthood, in June.The Times asked whether bringing the former prelate to Rome was a way of evading civil prosecution, forcing the Vatican to clarify that because he’s been stripped of diplomatic s … [Read more...]

Gay Catholic Book Extras: When the Going Gets Weird, The Weird Get Spiritual Direction

(Preorder the book!)In my post on celibate partnerships I noted that "the more unusual your vocation, the more actively you should seek out spiritual guidance from an outside party." But of course there's a catch-22 here: The weirder your vocation, the more you need spiritual direction; and the weirder your vocation, the harder good direction is to find. In both my book and the partnerships post I spoke mostly to the person seeking direction. In this post I'll try to speak mostly to people … [Read more...]

God Is Working His Purpose Out

Can we tell what God is trying to tell us with events in our lives? Does God use events in our lives that way?I used to be more confident than I am now that this was a spiritually-fruitful way of thinking. That was basically because I'd asked myself what purpose various things in my own life had served--my birth defects, that was the main thing--and I felt like I had a good sense of some plausible answers. E.g. by problematizing my body, my birth defects helped me honor the body not for its … [Read more...]

Book Extras: Song for a Future Generation

At the end of the book I point out that we can't predict all the ways that welcoming gay/queer/same-sex attracted Christians will change our churches. In both the book and "Coming Out Christian" I talk about some of the ways I hope the increasing visibility and inclusion of gay Christians will change the churches--and our whole culture--but this is not something you or I control. I doubt that the nascent g/q/ssa Christian communities will agree on all these changes; I fully expect to end my days … [Read more...]

“Modernity as an Overlearning of Christianity”: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

good food for thought all the way through: ...Heresy therefore always poses a tricky double challenge for orthodoxy: a heresy that affirms a thing that orthodoxy also affirms (albeit to the exclusion of other necessary truths, or drawing false consequences from it), by definition, cannot be wholly evil, and orthodoxy must affirm the good things in it; and there is always a temptation to face the overemphasis on one pole by overemphasizing the other pole and falling into the other heresy (w … [Read more...]

Celibacy in Partnership: Notes for a Chapter I Wish I’d Included

in my great big gay Catholic book. (Preorder it here or here!)First of all, a caveat. I didn't include a chapter on celibate partnerships (i.e. people who conceive of their vocations together in those terms, rather than in terms of devoted or spiritual friendship--I have a bunch of chapters on friendships which go beyond the modern "just friends" model) partly because I didn't think I understood it very well. I still don't! I'd appreciate your thoughts on all of these "dvd extras" posts, but … [Read more...]


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