“Dismantling the Cross”: Patricia Snow on Renewing Honor for Celibacy

This is a fantastic, hard-fought essay. I don't know that every aspect of it works (see below) but it's countercultural and deeply worth your time. Plus it includes an angle on Kristin Lavransdatter which I had not even considered: Generally speaking, there are two principal vocations in the life of the Catholic Church: marriage on the one hand, and celibate priesthood and religious life on the other. Both are expressions of conjugal love. In the normal calling of marriage, an individual binds … [Read more...]

“Bible Study”: Tony Hoagland

this is really me saying how glad I am that the First Things blog has started linking to poetry all the time: ...Who knows, this might be the last good night of summer. My broken nose is forming an idea of what’s for supper. Hard to believe that death is just around the corner. What kind of idiot would think he even had a destiny? more … [Read more...]

“What I’ve Learned As a Gay Catholic”: I’m at LifeTeen

doin' my thing: ...So far I’ve only written about what you as an individual gay Christian might be called to do. But we are all responsible for one another; and Catholic communities often fail in their responsibilities to their gay members. We need a critical obedience, which takes the Church as Mother and guide but stands in solidarity with all the people harmed by Christians. I have friends who were bullied in Catholic schools, who were forced or pressured into damaging “reparative therapy,” w … [Read more...]

“Should I Attend the Wedding of a Gay Friend or Family Member?”: Now open to non-subscribers

at Christianity Today:When I became a Christian, most of my friends and family were baffled and disappointed. They could not understand why I was subjecting myself to a repressive falsehood. Sure, the church’s paintings are nice, but what about the ethics? That’s why it was so moving to me that my best friend came to my baptism. She gamely let the priests shake holy water over her; she kept a wry, silent smile on her face while everybody else renounced Satan. I was under no illusion that she … [Read more...]

“Icons in Transformation”: Ludmila Pawlowska

Powerful images of the Passion. … [Read more...]

“In Cana of Galilee”: PEG

old post well worth revisiting: This initiation of the miracle by Mary is not just an illustration of the importance of women. It also parallels another story, from the Old Testament: that of Eve, who drives Adam to eat the apple. The miracle of Cana shows that, just as Jesus is the New Adam, Mary the Immaculate is the New Eve. Just as Eve had to push Adam to act, Mary pushes Jesus into the world, not simply by giving birth, but also by initiating his public life. What a powerful symbol, that … [Read more...]

A Church Home: Tim Otto’s “Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict Over Gay Relationships”

Tim Otto is a dude who believes gay marriages can be biblical and fully in line with what God wants for a couple, but he has taken a vow of celibacy as a way of living out obedience to his church and the intentional community in which he lives. He's a great guy--I interviewed him for my book--and well-positioned to offer insights to churches on all sides of the various current controversies over homosexuality. Oriented to Faith is excellent and super-readable, broken up into short chapters which … [Read more...]


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