From Jenell Williams Paris, “The End of Sexual Identity”

Celibacy is surely a strenuous spiritual path, but today the cost of celibacy is unreasonably and unnecessarily high. When it comes to moral teachings about sex outside of marriage, we isolate sexual pleasure from all the other good things that are connected to sexual relationships. People are commanded to abstain from sexual and intimacy, but no one addresses how abstention may also limit the person's access to family, touch, children, financial stability and so on. It's hard to be a celibate … [Read more...]

“Coming out… Orthodox,” parts one and two.

Really good stuff, much needed. Part one has a meaty paragraph about vocation and how parish communities can foster or stifle honesty and compassion (and I also got a lot from the comment by Pete, at 12.58). In part two, what was most striking to me was the contrast of the metaphor of discovery and the metaphor of integration. Although as a convert I obviously feel the metaphor of discovery pretty strongly, I agree that the second metaphor can be especially helpful for gay/same-sex attracted … [Read more...]

“An Open Letter to LGBT or Same-Sex Attracted Freshmen at Christian Colleges and Universities”

is here. Via Wesley Hill. … [Read more...]

“A Better Conversation about Homosexuality”

article by Christopher Benson in Christianity Today. There are several nice moments here--I especially liked this bit: [Wesley] Hill quotes philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’” It’s this prior question that gets ignored in the debate on homosexuality because the church has mistakenly given primacy to ethics over the narrative functions of doctrine and ministry. T … [Read more...]

Interview w/Wesley Hill on “Young Evangelicals and the Culture Wars”

this is the guy who wrote the best single book I've read on Gay Christian Whatnot. Part one; part two. His answer to the last question in part one is esp on-point. … [Read more...]

Don’t cover my face with your heart–a quick addendum on “My Peace I Give You”

My one specific criticism of Dawn Eden's new book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (featured on the Patheos Book Club! and here's my actual, positive review of it), is in her recommendation of Courage as part of the resource guide at the end of the book.Courage is the official US Catholic ministry for people with same-sex attraction. I know a bunch of people who have been a part of it on and off over the years, and I've done some social things with the … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi and Gay Pride coincided

yet again this year! I was too distracted to re-post this piece, which I still think is one of my better Gay Catholic Whatnot pieces, but I will post it belatedly now. … [Read more...]