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Gay and Catholic : accepting my sexuality, finding community, living my faith
Tushnet, Eve.
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Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2014]
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215 pages ; 22 cm
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In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the "zoo animals," she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. "Gay and Catholic" is the fruit of Tushnet's searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Popular Catholic blogger Tushnet tries to forge a truce between the gay community and religious groups, often at war with one another, by explaining how, as a lesbian, she lives a celibate lifestyle that is consistent with official Catholic teaching about human sexuality and finds joy in doing so. The author is irreverent and has a sharp wit, making for appealing reading. Her polished writing style and humor move the autobiographical narrative along briskly. Her conversion from liberal atheist to traditional Catholic is fascinating and not overly pious. Struggling with alcoholism, she found solace in the Catholic Church, deep friendships, and faith, three themes to which she recurs. She also offers insights about faith that spiritual seekers will find helpful. While some might find the author's strict adherence to celibacy contrary to natural human desires, the message that all human beings have a vocation to love will appeal to everyone. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Coining Out Catholic
Chapter 1 A Charmed Lifep. 11
Chapter 2 The Botany Clubp. 18
Chapter 3 Evidence for the Prosecutionp. 31
Chapter 4 Lather, Rinse, Repentp. 46
Chapter 5 Three Kinds of Diversity in Gay Christian Livesp. 60
Part 2 You Are Called to Love
Chapter 6 What Vocation Is and Is Notp. 74
Chapter 7 Friendship in Theology and Historyp. 88
Chapter 8 Spiritual Friendship Today and Tomorrowp. 100
Chapter 9 From Friends to Familyp. 119
Chapter 10 The Church as Homep. 128
Chapter 11 Service and Solidarityp. 143
Chapter 12 Challenges Within Your Vocationp. 152
Conclusion: The Two Crownsp. 174
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Appendix 1 Further Resourcesp. 178
Appendix 2 Frequently Asked Questionsp. 188
Appendix 3 Making the Church a Place of Welcome for Same-Sex Attracted Christiansp. 204
Notesp. 211