“We can’t help ourselves,” part 2: “Why a former Catholic and a current Catholic *don’t* like Catholicism”

Alicia de los Reyes and me: Alicia: You said you love the Church, but you don’t necessarily like Catholicism. When I was Catholic, I liked being Catholic, but I didn’t love every aspect of the Church or of going to Mass. What are some aspects you don’t *like* about the Church, but stick with anyway? Eve: Hmm, this is a good question. It’s hard for me to sort out stuff I don’t understand from stuff I dislike (which maybe says not-great things about my intellectual vanity!) but the top two thi … [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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“Choose to Stay” (Or, Virtute the Cat Contemplates Her City)

One reason I love the Weakerthans is that their songs are set in their hometown. The louder you yell “I Hate Winnipeg” the more I know which city holds your heart. So let's listen to "Reunion Tour" and get emotional. Welcome to Washington, DC! The local time is 1987. Like every other week I meet somebody who says, “Oh, wow, I've never met anybody from DC before.” Guess these people's race! I meet people from DC all the time; you can probably guess their race, too. (I think I've been a gentrif … [Read more...]

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“What’s Hiding Behind Our Identity (Politics)?”: I’m at AmCon

having massive esprit d'escalier about this piece, but it does some good stuff I think: ...And so I wonder, when I see the multiplication of identity-politics terms and initials—LGBTQIAABBQLOL and all that—what might be hidden in these terms. Right now our discourse around the spread of identity labeling mostly takes place entirely on the labels’ own terms: Are asexuals “really” queer, or do they just have victimization envy? Is “demisexual” even a thing, or is this just how people who don’t lik … [Read more...]

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OOF! Some Thoughts on the “Owning Our Faith” Video on LGBT Catholic Life

A few people have asked why I decided to participate in "Owning Our Faith," and my thoughts on the trailer for the film. Here you go!1. What's been released is a trailer for a longer film. The filmmakers have told me that my views (and presumably those of the other participants) will be explored more fully in the film itself.2. I pretty much try to always say "yes" when people ask me to appear or speak. It's no secret that I disagree with most (maybe all? I don't actually know) of the … [Read more...]

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Prurient Solidarity

(I am all about the sexy post titles today.)There's this thing I do, where if I know or suspect that you have a let's say intense and troubled relationship to drugs or alcohol, I will immediately think your art is better, your writing is more insightful, your skating is more sublime, you are cooler and funnier and more physically attractive. If I start to catch that scent from you I will start sniffing, and if my suspicions are confirmed my estimation of your personal awesomeness will … [Read more...]

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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...]

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