Celibate Partnership and/vs Devoted Friendship: A “Gay and Catholic” Book Extra

I noted a while ago that there's nothing about celibate partnerships in my book because when I wrote it I didn't know anyone living that vocation. I've been trying to learn more, and one question I gnawed on for a while was the question of what made a celibate partnership different from a devoted and/or vowed friendship. On the one hand I did have the knee-jerk reaction of, "Isn't this the same thing as friendship?", but on the other hand, the celibate partnerships I'd seen did actually look … [Read more...]

“The Kiss of Peace: Liturgy to Free Us from Our Isolation”: I’m at Level Ground

with a post which is perhaps not fully baked, but which I hope will be provocative: The way we pray not only reflects but also shapes what we believe about what it means to follow Jesus. Lex orandi, lex credendi is the old slogan: The law of prayer is the law of belief. Therefore if a movement within the Church hopes to contribute to Christian community and theology, at some point this movement will find ways to embed itself in the liturgy.Gay Christians who accept the historic Christian … [Read more...]

“Gay in Christ” Day 2: Rah! Rah! Augustine! Lover of the Holy Queen!

(...I'm so sorry.)This round-up is going to be hampered by the facts that a) I didn't sleep well so my attention span wasn't being all it could LOOK A SQUIRREL, and also b) I left my notes at Wesley Hill's house by mistake. Bear with me.If you want some live-tweeting, Seminary Guy was workin' hard, though his tweets are of course in reverse-chron order.I opened Day 2. I basically wanted to do three things: 1) by listing several different understandings of "vocation" as they've been … [Read more...]

“A Few Thoughts on Celibacy and Socioeconomic Status”: A Queer Calling

opens up a really important area of the conversation: A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to write a post on celibacy and socioeconomic status. I’ve spent considerable time trying to pull my thoughts together on this topic and have decided that I’d like to explore it in bits and pieces over time. Not much has been written on celibacy and class issues, especially from within the gay Christian blogosphere, so while I see this topic as very important I don’t intend to tackle all of it … [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...]

“Gays, the Church–and forgotten love”: I’m in the New York Post

for those who don't immediately claw out their eyeballs upon reading the word "Synod": Is there a place for gay people in the Catholic Church?This month, 253 Catholic leaders, including heads of national bishops’ conferences, heads of the Eastern Catholic churches and lay married couples, met at the Vatican to discuss how the church can better support and guide families.This first meeting of the “Extraordinary Synod on the Family” discussed tough issues like cohabitation and divorce. It … [Read more...]

Three Gay Catholic Links

EVERYBODY'S DOING IT.First, I'm in Brazil's Gazeta do Povo. If you can read Portuguese you can get my basic shtik in a whole new language!Second, Slate has another thoughtful piece on celibate gay Catholics up, which extensively quotes my friend Ron Belgau:At the end of October, the University of Notre Dame will host a two-day conference bearing a name that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. “Gay in Christ” will feature Catholic speakers who self-identify as gay and les … [Read more...]


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