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Spiritual direction and the gay person
Empereur, James L.
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New York : Continuum, 1998.
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xii, 180 pages ; 24 cm
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BV5053 .E474 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Original and much needed, and neither prescriptive nor advocating any particular position on civil rights or a particular denomination or faith group, 'Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person' will assist homosexuals in relationships, prayer, liturgy, and in the problems produced by their commitment to or rejection of institutional religion.

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This volume is a richly sourced and interdisciplinary reflection on the nature of gay/lesbian spirituality. Focusing on the director/directee movement in contemporary Roman Catholic spirituality, Empereur (a Jesuit priest at San Francisco Cathedral, San Antonio) explores the psychological and social contexts of various styles of gay religious awareness. In particular, he draws on the work of Elizabeth Liebert regarding psychological and religious development, applying it to the existentially unique situation of the gay or lesbian seeker. Empereur's humanistic emphasis and pastoral concern is patent throughout his writing, as he maintains that homosexuality is "one of God's most significant gifts to humanity," and a "special blessing from God." Empereur's purpose is not polemical, and even though he draws a distinction between homosexual orientation and the commission of homoerotic acts--observing that the same moral evaluation does not necessarily apply to both experiences--his narrative closely hews to established orthodoxies in gay/lesbian academic studies. Despite this uncritical aspect, Empereur's study as a whole is distinguished for its acute documentary and interpersonal dimensions. It will be an asset to collections devoted to religious views of sexuality and contemporary religious studies generally. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduate students and above, and practitioners; academic, public and church libraries. B. Stetson The David Institute