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Publishers Weekly

Pomfret (Hot Sauce) recounts the apparently irresolvable contradictions in his life: as an erotica-writing, gay Catholic lector with an atheist boyfriend, he has ample material, and his lighthearted memoir interweaves the Catechism, "Franciscan Fashions," "Handy Gay Vocabulary," humorous asides on how to stalk an archbishop and historical tidbits about martyred believers and gay clergy. The book's best sections detail Pomfret's crisis of faith ignited by the church's child sex-abuse scandals and opposition to same-sex marriage-but they lie buried beneath a morass of irrelevant digressions, stale stereotyping, implausible dialogue and caricatures that are more callous than comedic (Pomfret compares a disabled congregant to Chewbacca). The author elucidates the eventual resolution of his spiritual crises with considerable integrity and manages to present sympathetic portraits of clergy, biting satires of church practices (the worship of Jesus' foreskin, condemnation of Harry Potter) and a nuanced rendering of a church and congregation considering its role in a changing world. Although unfailingly lively, the book suffers from a lack of focus and a dizzying dependence on "fun facts" rather than engaged analysis, which ultimately will leave readers unsatisfied. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611452242
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Pomfret is a respected trial attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the successful author of explicit gay romance novels, and a devoted officiate in the Catholic Church. He lives with his boyfriend in Boston.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    run out and buy this book!

    This is the best book I could have read right now. I think just about anyone would benefit from reading it. It's deep, warm, touching and FUNNY! It's also very real. Scott really gets what it means to be Catholic. If I had the money, I'd buy a few hundred copies and send them to everyone I know or even know about. Get it read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Wickedly Funny, Yet Touching, Too

    Okay, the topic sounds like a heavy one - a gay man struggling to find his place in an increasingly homophobic Catholic Church - but Pomfret's witty writing had me in stitches. For confidentiality, the author has changed many of the names of parish priests and church members, giving them hysterical names like Father McSlutty and Father Daddy-Bear, and he offers us funny, yet handy cut-out guides along the way with titles like 'How to Come Out to Hardcore, Bead-counting Catholics' and 'Brokeback Lent.' That said, this memoir also deeply touched my heart and reaffirmed my own faith. Like many, I was surprised to learn that Pomfret - author of gay erotica books like 'Hot Sauce' - is a devout Catholic and active lector and lay minister at his Boston parish. Where one might expect this to be an angry, Catholic-bashing book, Pomfret's memoir is actually a very loving one, as he attempts to accept the Church he loves, broken as she may be. 'So why do I cling to a broken, dying Church and its broken prelate?' he writes. 'Brokeness is an opportunity for the Spirit to enter.' I, too, have struggled to support and defend the Church in which I grew up. Many of us have left, but Pomfret's memoir reaffirms that we are all a part of the Church, and that she is incomplete without us. One gay father of three tells Pomfret, 'I feel a political responsibility not to leave and not to be budged by people who don't want me there. It's the Rosa Parks thing. It's my church, too, as much as theirs.' So, while I howled with laughter throughout my reading of this wickedly-funny book, I, more importantly, have come away even more deeply committed to my own faith and in my resolve to help heal the Church from within. I have Pomfret - a kindred spirit - and his touching memoir to thank for that.

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