“Common Hells, Private Heavens”: I’m in Commonweal

reviewing a show at the National Museum of African Art: I’m sitting in hell with a couple of little boys, who are trying to prove they’re not scared. We’re watching a cloth-wrapped figure prostrate itself and bang its fists against the floor, as sobs and wordless singing give way to a howled “I, I, I surrender!” Behind us stretches a huge black coiling thing that looks like a well-fed python. “It’s just a video,” one kid says in a subdued voice.We’re in the depths of the National Museum of A … [Read more...]

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“Detachment in Friendship”: I’m at Spiritual Friendship

with a small post: A while ago I was talking to my spiritual director about some anxieties I was feeling in one of my friendships. This was a close friendship which had been tested by time (and by my own idiocy) but I was still having a hard time trusting that it would endure, and coping with the changes that were occurring in the friendship.My spiritual director nodded and said, “It sounds like you’re ‘attached’ to this friend, in the sense that you’re relying on the friendship for your wel … [Read more...]

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From Edward P. Jones, “Common Law”

"You know, I don't know what's become of you," Idabelle said."I could say the same bout you." He took a beer from the icebox, needing something to do with his hands because he knew his were the greater sins. --in All Aunt Hagar's Children … [Read more...]

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“Our Children: Gay Christians Can’t Afford to Be Divided”: I’m at Level Ground

with not my strongest piece, but I think the underlying point is necessary. One thing I wish I'd added is that gay people who accept the Christian sexual ethic are both the ones serving our neediest and the ones in need: We too have been rejected by our parents and even kicked out of our homes for coming out, and have suffered other economic consequences--sometimes both the economic injustices associated with being gay and economic injustices associated with celibacy or unmarried kinship. We're … [Read more...]

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“We can’t help ourselves,” part 2: “Why a former Catholic and a current Catholic *don’t* like Catholicism”

Alicia de los Reyes and me: Alicia: You said you love the Church, but you don’t necessarily like Catholicism. When I was Catholic, I liked being Catholic, but I didn’t love every aspect of the Church or of going to Mass. What are some aspects you don’t *like* about the Church, but stick with anyway? Eve: Hmm, this is a good question. It’s hard for me to sort out stuff I don’t understand from stuff I dislike (which maybe says not-great things about my intellectual vanity!) but the top two thi … [Read more...]

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The Opposite of Anti-Gay Discrimination: What I Said at Steubenville

Hi y'all. Last week I had the chance to speak at the terrific BookMarx bookstore in Steubenville, OH. ("I'm here to do a job, I won't buy anything. ...I'll just buy like one or two very slender books." Walked out with a stack of sci-fi, Rumer Godden, and Italian epics. Some men, some men....) I'd been asked to speak on "unjust discrimination" against gay people, a term which comes from the Catechism. This is roughly what I said.I started by describing life in a bifurcated culture, where lots … [Read more...]

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A Church Shot Through with Light

Gorgeous pictures. Not a working church, I think, more of an idea, but still. Via MLY> … [Read more...]

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