The Opposite of Anti-Gay Discrimination: What I Said at Steubenville

Hi y'all. Last week I had the chance to speak at the terrific BookMarx bookstore in Steubenville, OH. ("I'm here to do a job, I won't buy anything. ...I'll just buy like one or two very slender books." Walked out with a stack of sci-fi, Rumer Godden, and Italian epics. Some men, some men....) I'd been asked to speak on "unjust discrimination" against gay people, a term which comes from the Catechism. This is roughly what I said.I started by describing life in a bifurcated culture, where lots … [Read more...]

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“You can’t take my conversion and throw it at your friend and hope it works”: Leah Libresco

interviewed in Australia about her new (and excellent) book. I'm in this at the end, where Libresco says some very kind things: ...I think the other thing is that because I came from outside the faith there are lots of things that look weird or look hard to me so I got to explore them in a way that you wouldn’t maybe if you take them for granted.If confession is a natural part of your life – you grew up, your parents went – you might be good at going but don’t spend very much time reflect … [Read more...]

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“We can’t help ourselves: Why a former Jewish agnostic and current progressive Christian still like Catholicism”: I’m in this!

Part one of an exchange between me and Alicia de los Reyes at Patheos Progressive Christian. "We can't help ourselves" is not a bad summary of one part of the gospel (the First Step part), also.... Many of you may know Eve Tushnet from her blog here on Patheos, where she writes about being gay, celibate, and Catholic (along with World Figure Skating Championship costumes and other events of note). Eve grew up “somewhere between agnostic and Jewish” and converted to Catholicism when she was a sop … [Read more...]

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“You Must Change Your Life”: Smiths-Influenced Rock… By Orthodox Priests

YOU'RE WELCOME. ...With Luxury's members now scattered across the U.S., Trophies was recorded in Atlanta after a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2014 — which, after so much time away, says a lot about Luxury's cult following. It comes 10 years after its fourth album, Health & Sport, which is no big deal; many bands take extended breaks. Luxury's no different, except that three of its members — brothers Lee and Jamey Bozeman (guitars, vocals) and Chris Foley (bass) —became Orthodox pries … [Read more...]

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Gregorio Allegri, “Miserere”

The choir at St Matthew's sang this at Tenebrae last night. Amazing.And with that, I'm out. See you on the flip side. … [Read more...]

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“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...]

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“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...]

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