Videos on Homosexuality and Chastity in the Catholic Church

I’m in this: What you’ll find here are videos by a group of faithful gay Catholics who believe in the Church’s teachings about marriage and sexuality. We’ll talk about what that teaching is and why we’ve embraced it, the spiritual riches that we’ve found within the Church, the obstacles and misunderstandings that we’ve faced, and [Read More...]

Yet More Gay Catholic Whatnot

Enough is never enough of Gay Catholic Stuff. Anyway here’s a bunch of the Usual Suspects talking about various topics, for an upcoming website. I don’t remember anything I said in these videos so uh… enjoy! (In all seriousness, it’s an interesting group of people with large areas of overlap but also divergent life experiences [Read More...]

In the LA Area? Come See Movies and Also Me!

The Level Ground Film Festival, which explores the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life, has already started! I will be doing a whole bunch of stuff with them Thursday and Friday: the Dinner Gala on Thursday, where I’m on a panel screening of the film “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” (exploring the lives of [Read More...]

Blogwatch, With Her Gummy Hands

Some links for a slushy Saturday evening. “LGBT Rights and the UN: What the Church Does Not Teach.” Powerful. “Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators.” Basically because we’ve always had it too easy and don’t know how to work. I’d heard most of this before and it very much rings true for me–studying Russian has [Read More...]

Addiction and the Politics (and Poetics) of Personal Responsibility: me at AmCon

a listicle, and for some reason I saved the best stuff for the end, so feel free to hate me: There’s a narrative that comes up whenever addiction is discussed publicly nowadays: the narrative in which the disease of addiction essentially replaces a person’s free will. The barroom-wisdom version of it is the old line, [Read More...]

My Panel at Level Ground Film Festival

I’ll be on a panel at Level Ground, a film festival in Pasadena, CA dedicated to the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life. Here’s the info: When: Thursday, February 27 from 7-10p (dinner included) Where: Jones Coffee Roasters Moderator: Jeff Chu Panel: Eve Tushnet, Matt Jones, 3-4 people from filmmaking team (still waiting to hear [Read More...]

Your Profession of Faith Is Not the Catholic Church’s TOS

Walk with me through some possibly ill-formed and definitely ill-informed thoughts about what it means to profess one’s faith. I had to do this when I was becoming Catholic–I think this took place during Confirmation? probably that’s wrong–and there was a set formula which I always misremember but which was probably actually, “I believe and [Read More...]

Out of the Closets and Into the Pews!

My piece for AmCon on gay Christians coming out is online! Coming out of the closet is the simplest tool of the gay movement, yet it’s proven to be the most powerful and even the most spiritually profound. On the political side, Pew Research data this year found that knowing someone who is gay was [Read More...]

Nice mention in The Irish Catholic!

…Even aside from the sad fact that Catholics have often used the Church’s teaching as an excuse for cruelty and prejudice, there are many problems. Why is it that we only ever hear homilies about two lifelong vocations, marriage and the priesthood? Why are gay men and women so often spoken about as political opponents [Read More...]

Snow Day Thoughts

A series of points too small for a real post. * While I was in Boston for the US National Figure Skating Championships (of which more later!! THEY WERE SO GREAT) I also got to go with Ratty to the Museum of Fine Arts. It has some terrific Spanish painting from the Counter-Reformation era–I love [Read More...]