Leah Libresco Interviews Me on Vocations to Love

You'll have to put up with some technical glitches. Pretend that we're a slightly scratched record from that used-books-and-music shop you visit in your dreams.Libresco's post; also wow, my facial expressions are ridiculous. I look like I'm made of Silly Putty. … [Read more...]

I’m Interviewed About My Book at A Queer Calling

enjoy! AQC: Now that your book is out on shelves, what book or books do you think are still missing from the conversation? What are some of the books on LGBT people in the Church that you’d love to see a different author write?ET: There are so many more books to be written! There’s a whole book to be done about celibacy in partnership. There should be a book directed more toward pastors, spiritual directors, counselors etc. There should be a book which engages more with lesbian history–I was … [Read more...]

“Gay and Catholic” Book Extra: Bridal Mysticism for the Rest of Us

One of the biggest gaps in the book is its relative silence about prayer. There's a lot about horizontal relationships with other people--even when prayer is mentioned it's often prayer to saints, which is still a horizontal relationship although maybe a tilted one--but not much about the vertical relationship of the human soul to God.This is why e.g. I was so struck by St Gregory of Nyssa's discussion of virginity: For him the vertical relationship is overwhelming, and horizontal … [Read more...]

Small Synod Notes: Not All Gay This Time. (But Mostly Gay.)

* Obviously I'm disappointed that the language of sacrificial love and welcome couldn't get a 2/3 vote.* More disappointing, though, is that neither "side" sought to imagine vocations--a fruitful, sacrificially loving future--for gay people within the Catholic Church and in accordance with Her teaching. That's just not anywhere in any document from the bishops. It's the most important question and it's still a blank.(Do I want bishops to sit around imagining my life? Not necessarily. But … [Read more...]

AltFem Magazine Launch Party: I’m There! Tomorrow!

I'm on the first panel at this conference/party to launch "an online magazine that seeks an inclusive definition of feminism that resonates with women of faith." Uh, I'm not actually a feminist, but I hope to talk about the problems with the concept of "empowerment" as a goal--basically riffing on the issues I raised in this book review. Hope to see many of you there! … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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