Hi, I’m Stercorius and I’m an Addict

HI STERCORIUS.I was in Russian class, trying to describe a character from a movie I watched recently. "Он наркоман," I said--he's a drug addict."Он страдает от наркомании," my teacher corrected me. He suffers from addiction.I was reminded of being at last year's Harm Reduction Conference, where you'd sometimes hear about the need to stop saying "addict" and start saying "person struggling with drugs," or similar variations. At first I was all, Oh come on, please let me speak English a … [Read more...]

An Extremely Generous Review of My Book in Commonweal

w/some well-taken criticisms: Eve Tushnet is, as she puts it, “the poster child for a poster nobody wants on their wall.” Raised “somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism” and moved to convert to Catholicism while a questioning bisexual sophomore at Yale, Tushnet has for the past ten years been the blogosphere’s resident celibate lesbian.As readers of Commonweal and a host of other publications know, she writes with a style that is at once self-deprecating and confident, earnest and wick … [Read more...]

Fra Angelico and the Sex-Hating Church

A really rambling post.Now that my book is out I've been doing a lot of interviews, and in many of them I've been asked to tell my conversion story. A huge part of my conversion involved realizing that the Catholic Church wasn't what I'd thought it was. For example, I had this image that the Church opposed and rejected the human body--the beauty of the body, the joy of the senses--and denigrated all sensual beauty and pleasure, from the beauty of a Japanese maple to the ecstasy of sex. (I'm … [Read more...]

“Gay Christians Choosing Celibacy Emerge from the Shadows”

Good intro-type piece at the Washington Post, featuring many friends of mine! When Eve Tushnet converted to Catholicism in 1998, she thought she might be the world’s first celibate Catholic lesbian. Having grown up in a liberal, upper Northwest Washington home before moving on to Yale University, the then-19-year-old knew no other gay Catholics who embraced the church’s ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage. Her decision to abstain made her an outlier. “Everyone I knew totally rejected it,” … [Read more...]

Listen to an Interview with Wesley Hill and Me

With Beyond Words Radio. We delve into our conversion/deepening of faith stories, reparative therapy, and what gay Christians can offer our churches. I'm consistently unable to remember that most people aren't gay. I do these shows and I act as if the majority of listeners are themselves gay. That's a useful approach--speaking as if the margins are the center and just letting the actual majority see the world through that lens--but it does mean I often speak to a fantasy audience I imagine … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey Interviews Me About “Gay and Catholic”

here you go! ...Q: Your book offers some very practical and helpful advice for gay Catholics who desire a full and fruitful relationship with the Church. If you could offer one major point of advice (along with my advice that they BUY the BOOK!), what would it be.You can kind of hear it in my answer above: honesty. It’s really hard to be honest with yourself and with God. We often confuse self-criticism and even self-hatred with humility and honesty. But in fact self-loathing is s … [Read more...]

The Catholic Book Blogger Interviews Me

about my Catholic book: ...PETE: Who is your target audience for this book?EVE TUSHNET: The bull’s-eye of the target is people like me: actual gay people who belong to Christian churches which hold the historical Christian sexual ethic. People who need to know *how* they can lead fruitful, loving lives within Church teaching. I tried to write the book I wished I’d been able to read when I converted.But the other circles of the target include people who want to explore vocations outside m … [Read more...]


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