“Friendship with a Future Tense”: I review Wesley Hill’s great new book

for AmCon: Most of the art and literature of friendship is elegiac. From Montaigne to Marsden Hartley, from St. Aelred to Andrew Sullivan, from elegant tribute to anguished lament, our art of friendship is haunted by the death of friends. ...Part of what makes my friend Wesley Hill’s slender new book so intriguing is that it is an attempt to give an account of friendship that is grounded in history, theology, and literature—yet forward-looking. Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Chu … [Read more...]

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Mother, Church: A Gay Catholic Life

This is an interview I did with my friend Peter. I wanted to talk to him because he's lived through a tumultuous period in Church and American history and come through with his faith and sunny disposition basically intact. How does somebody end up as a faithful, practicing, openly gay Catholic in his 50s? (Warning: The answer is pretty long! This is a super-long post really.)I met with Peter in his apartment. The background for our conversation was the sound of opera arias and Cole Porter … [Read more...]

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“Meet the Gay, Celibate Catholic Who’s Shaking Up the Sexuality Debates”: Jonathan Merritt

interviews me for RNS: A few decades ago, there were basically two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They could either throw off religion and embrace their sexuality, or they could remain in the faith and hide their sexual orientations. Today, there are other options. Some–like Matthew Vines and David Gushee–are attempting to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships. Others–such as Julie Rodgers and Wesley Hill–are leading a movement of c … [Read more...]

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Neighbors and Strangers: Edward P. Jones’s Tales of Black Catholic D.C.

The title of All Aunt Hagar's Children gives you an idea of one of the strengths of this short-story collection: Edward P. Jones has woven a tapestry portrait of a community. Or, to switch metaphors, he has laid a table where everyone in the family can come, get their due, and have their say.The stories aren't linked by anything other than their setting: black D.C., mostly black Catholic D.C., from the late 19th century to the latter half of the 20th. These people are farmers and porters … [Read more...]

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“Why This Gay-Married Protestant Loved Eve Tushnet’s ‘Gay and Catholic’”

Very kind & thoughtful review of the book, at New Directions: ...Part One of Gay and Catholic is Eve’s own account of coming out as a lesbian in her atheist family, falling in love with the Catholic church in college, choosing to be baptized, and then confronting her alcoholism – a story made all the more interesting because its pieces seem to be scrambled and assembled in the opposite order from your average gay Christian autobiography.Eve has a remarkable gift for mixing incisive wit a … [Read more...]

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Mercy Seat, “I’ve Got a Feeling”–Gospel-Punk with Gordon Gano

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“What does it mean to be Catholic?”: Part three of my conversation with Alicia de los Reyes

at Surprising Faith: Alicia: What do you think it means to be Catholic? Your Catholicism seems much more intellectual than mine ever was, and I considered myself a fairly committed Catholic. Does Catholicism require us to understand some/most of it? Or is it enough to go through the sacraments and say that you believe in the Nicene Creed (even if you don’t think about it all that hard)?Eve: I don’t really think I have much of a definition of what it means to be a Catholic, other than “bap … [Read more...]

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