Doctors and Policemen

From now on whenever I do or say something awful to somebody I'm gonna tell them, "But it's a form of therapy!"Story #1, from last year: "To Stay Out of Jail, Must Nonviolent Offenders Submit to Medical Diagnoses?" Last week, those favoring reductions in prison populations and their associated costs applauded Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he's seeking an end to mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. For administration critics who feel drug war reforms … [Read more...]

Hey Look, I’m Doing Two Workshops at the Gay Christian Network Conference!

Here's the schedule. Sign up today!! (Like, really today, I think the price goes up after today.) Both of my workshops will have a lot of audience participation; they're intended to help you figure out the next steps to take in your own life. Friendship as a Form of Kinship Presented by Eve Tushnet “Greater love has no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” This workshop will explore friendship in Scripture and Christian history and consider ways in which the diminished rol … [Read more...]

Jason Byassee on Christians and “Christian”

This is the part that really irks me the most on eschewing “Christian.” It’s as though we get off scot-free for historical Christian sins (the crusades, racism, you name it) by just calling ourselves something else. Christians believe there is a way to forgiveness and purity—but it passes through confession, restoration, and repaired relationship. The much more costly way to disassociate from those who have done ill in Christ’s name is to set about loving as fanatically as they hated.here; vi … [Read more...]

“Church of Gay Abandon”: I’m Interviewed by the Sydney Catholic Weekly

Some headline writer was having a long day there. Anyway I thought this turned out well: ...What do you like about being Catholic?The central thing for me is the Eucharist, including Eucharistic adoration and processions like Corpus Christi. Also the saints and artists: St Francis, St Aelred, Dorothy Day, Oscar Wilde, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, El Greco, Dali.I like the fact that there's a saint for everything, St Lydwina the patroness of figure skating etc, and the gallows humour of the … [Read more...]

“Obama’s Big Idea: Let’s Hike Federal Cop Subsidies”

Walter Olson at Cato: President Obama’s newly announced police-reform package lives up to one’s worst expectations. He flatly refuses to curtail the federal police militarization program, instead calling for a big hike in federal spending on aid to local departments with the usual micromanaging strings attached. These strings will predictably make departments more responsive to Washington, and lobbies with clout there, as distinct from their local communities. As USA Today notes, one powerful in … [Read more...]

A Very Kind Review of “Gay and Catholic” at Shored Fragments

plus some other book, apparently other people also write books (why?): I try to keep up with books addressing human sexuality from a theological/Christian perspective. The general flow of publications reminds me of an exchange from an old BBC Radio 4 drama:‘He made pork pies the way Wagner wrote semiquavers.’‘You mean they were good?’‘Not often. But there were an awful lot of them…’A minority of the books published simply repeat already well-rehearsed arguments and so contribute … [Read more...]

Hey Look, It’s the Prayer My Spiritual Director Warned Me About!

Nathaniel Torrey on the Litany of Humility, which I super love although I also appreciate the fact that almost every reference I see to it includes some kind of Grizzled Local Tells Teens Not to Go in the Woods kind of warning. For me it helps me trust & rely solely on God--it reassures me that even if all my own schemes and people-pleasing strategies fail, God will love me. I think the worry is that the prayer can be misused to reinforce feelings like, "I don't deserve love." Fortunately … [Read more...]


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