“To Fast Again”: Eamon Duffy

says a lot of important things: The ritual observance of dietary rules—fasting and abstinence from meat in Lent, and abstinence from meat and meat products every Friday, as well as the eucharistic fast from midnight before the reception of Communion—were as much defining marks of Catholicism before the council as abstention from pork is a defining characteristic of Judaism. The Friday abstinence in particular was a focus of Catholic identity which transcended class and educational barriers, uni … [Read more...]

Two Short Gay Catholic Whatnot Notes: An Apology (Mine) And Possible Specifics (Yours)

LOL what a terrible title.Okay, so I did a couple speaking engagements last week, including one at the Catholic University of America (go whatever their mascot is! Doves?). At CUA I got a couple questions which I didn't think I answered well, and which are general enough that I think it makes sense to say something about them on the blog.One guy connected my general support for Pope Francis's call for the Church to apologize to gay people with something I said in this Atlantic piece: "I … [Read more...]

Catholic Churches in the Philippines Sheltering Targets of Duterte’s “Reign of Terror”: The Guardian

reports, with good historical background: The Catholic church in the Philippines is operating a network that hides addicts and others targeted in president Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war, priests have told the Guardian.More than 7,000 people have been killed by Philippine law enforcement officers and vigilantes in Duterte’s crusade against alleged addicts and dealers, often in hit-and-run style attacks by gunmen on motorcycles.Victims are occasionally tipped off in advance that they a … [Read more...]

I review “I Am Michael,” The James Franco Ex-Gay Biopic

for America: For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.”As James Franco vehicles go, “I Am Michael” may be the James Franco-iest. Directed by Justin Kelly and based on a true story, “I am Michael” follows a gay activist who finds Jesus and proclaims himself no longer gay. The film dedicates equal time to threesome makeout scenes and chapter-and-verse Bible q … [Read more...]

Help With a Monastic Cooking Documentary!

Hello all. I have received permission to share the following fascinating thing with you:Several months later, I'm returning to the short documentary / doc series idea on monastic cooking and kitchens that I [told you about earlier].The general gist behind the piece is that in spite of the increased interest in farm-to-table, locally-sourced ingredients, and cooking docs,  very little attention has been paid to religious orders, who have been cultivating traditions of hospitality, … [Read more...]

Your Body Is a Battleax: Against the Weaponization of Gay Christian Witness, Plus More From Canada

So last weekend I got to visit Our Neighbor to the North, the magical land where when you say, "Toller Cranston," people actually say, "Oh, the figure skater?" I learned many things there. Milk in bags is a REAL THING, people, it's not just something made up for Gordon Korman fanfiction! Here are some notes, including bonus #CanCon in case there's a subsidy for that.# I was there to do a longer version of my usual shtik about paths of love for gay people in the Church. (BOOK ME, I RESONATE … [Read more...]

“St. Agnes and the Women’s March”: The Dominicana Journal

on living as a sign of welcome without compromise: ...Surprisingly, a few marchers spontaneously started collecting money for the church. It started with their passing around a hat. (I was told not to look at the text on the front, and I didn’t.) Over the course of about two hours hundreds of dollars were donated to the church without any prompting by the friars.Many were also fascinated by religious life and the habit we wear. The peculiar situation of some people wearing “Get your ros … [Read more...]