Homosexuality, Celibacy and Partnership: An Awkward Question

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Guest Blogger: BEN CONROYI don’t need to tell anyone that the Catholic Church’s relationship with gay people has been a fraught one.But I don’t think it’s pollyannaish or foolishly optimistic to say that there are intimations, signs, and beginnings of a better approach to the whole question, one that is consistent with both orthodox teaching and the lived experience of gay people.It’s been led by a group of gay Catholics – like Eve Tushnet, Aaron Taylor, Gabriel Blanchard, and Melinda … [Read more...]

I am “THE MOMMA BEAR of New Homophiles!” – UPDATED

"I am the MommaBear! Gratitude begins with GRRRR!"

I'm not even sure what that means, but I find being called "perhaps the Momma Bear of the New Homophiles" alternately hilarious, and intriguing. Note, as author Austin Ruse writes in his very interesting piece at Crisis, the cushioning use of "perhaps" which Ruse himself calls "a columnist’s way of taking something off the fastball but throwing a strike nonetheless."Well, I don't mind it.My MommaBearishness stems from my willingness over the past few years to publicly think through i … [Read more...]

Catholics: Talking Homosexuality without Sentimentality UPDATED

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I've been called a few names for suggesting that sentimentality is a kind of soft tyranny. So be it. I concur with Flannery O' Connor that when we swim in the sticky syrup of sentimentality, we lead ourselves to ovens and gulags.Feelings are wonderful things and I am glad we have them, but they are often irrational things, as well. Think of the things you "love" and "hate". Often your passion is irrational to your friends, and -- if you're honest -- even to yourself. Because they are … [Read more...]

Are sensitivity and tolerance one-way streets? – UPDATED

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I read this story over at Deacon Greg's earlier today and it annoyed me but I was too busy to write about it. My first thought was, "so, you friends at Catholic high school have supported you as you came out and by your own admission, always been respectful, and the school was fine about your bringing a boyfriend to prom, and you're going to reward them by making commencement all about you? Why all the taking and no giving?"I think you do nothing to build goodwill when you say, "your … [Read more...]

Rick Welts Comes out of the Locker Room

Rick Welts, president and chief executive of my hometown basketball team, the Phoenix Suns, is gay. Since Mr. Welts is 58, this is not news. The newsworthy part is, he now feels confident that professional sports can tolerate openly gay men in the front office, and ultimately, on the playing fields. As the Times reports:In many work environments, this would qualify as a so-what moment. But until now, Mr. Welts, 58, who has spent 40 years in sports, rising from ball boy to N.B.A. executive … [Read more...]

Gays and Lesbians, Affirmative Orthodoxy, A Changing World

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the Atlanta-baed law firm King & Spalding renounced its commission to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on Congress' behalf. According to the Times, this isn't unusual. For opponents of same-sex marriage, it's hard to find good help these days:The firm’s abrupt reversal highlights the continuing potency of same-sex marriage as a complicated issue that has scrambled traditional political calculations in Washington. President Obama has often c … [Read more...]


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