Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir

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Scott Pomfret serves as a lector at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He also writes gay porn. His boyfriend is a flaming atheist, and his boyfriend’s Protestant grandmother considers Catholicism a sin worse than sodomy. From Pentecost to Pride, from the books of the Bible to the articles of the Advocate, Pomfret’s wry, hysterically funny memoir maps with matchless humor the full spectrum of the gay Catholic experience.
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Overview


Scott Pomfret serves as a lector at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He also writes gay porn. His boyfriend is a flaming atheist, and his boyfriend’s Protestant grandmother considers Catholicism a sin worse than sodomy. From Pentecost to Pride, from the books of the Bible to the articles of the Advocate, Pomfret’s wry, hysterically funny memoir maps with matchless humor the full spectrum of the gay Catholic experience.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781611455007
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 986,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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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Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae vii

Author's Note xi

Prologue xiii

I The Tunnel Builders: Mrs. American Gothic

No Skin off Gram's Ass

The Naughty Altar Boy 1

II Follow the Smudges: Catch the Devil by His Tail

Marking Territory

Doing My Religious Business

Deals with God and Boyfriend 11

III A Church to Be Proud Of

Channeling James Earl Jones

Three Hale Marys

Thanks Be to the Pedophiles

Vatican to the Rescue 25

IV Love, J2P2

Happy Birthday

Calculating the Odds

The Cardinal Spellman School

The Rules

Make Me Believe That You Believe 44

V Lives of the Saints

Beheadings, Burnings, and Other Children's Literature

Martyr from the Mothballs

Stalking the Archbishop

What I Learned about Archbishop Seán on My Summer Vacation

Love Letters to the Archbishop

Advanced Thinking

God Hates Fats 62

VI Land(s) of the Misfit Toys

Cruising for Catholics

Dignity

Taking Heart

Womenpriests: Invasion of the Compound Nouns 80

VII God Bless Ireland: Wookie Prayers

Tabernacle Sports

Captain of the Team

Lector Boot Camp 94

VIII A habit Worse Than Porn: Give Us This Day Our Daily You Tube

Picasso Paints Province-town

GLBT Spirituality Redux: The Bishop's Blessing

Captain Handsome Is My Copilot 106

IX The Godfather: How to Read Just Right

Improbable Friendship

The Godfather

The Theology of Baldness

This Is Not about You 116

X Excommunications 'R' Us: The Vatican Paperwork-Reduction Program

A Short History of Excommunication

Walking the Excommunication Walk

Three Easy Steps to Excommunication

A Lovely Day for an Excommunication 137

XI Living on the Liturgical Edge: The Good Queer

Tuesdays with Anthony

Stealing the Sacred Heart 150

XII The Empire Strikes Back: Speaking of Relics

Marauding Lesbians Snatch Boston's Children

News Flash

How Great the God That Made as Asshole Like You

Unintended Consequences

What We Look Like

That Flushing Sound Is Charity Going Straight down the Drain 164

XIII The Super Colon and the Scandal of Faith: The Success of Snitchery

Less Holy

Selling Holy Rocks

The Cock Crowed for the Third Time

Dreaming Julia Roberts

Simple Words with a Dozen Syllables 186

XIV Confessions of a Crossover: Confessions of a Crossover

Once You Go Black

United Church of Vegetables

DisCouraged

Unchurching 203

XV Gay Voices before Mine: The Celestial Skywriter

At the Feet of My Forebears: A Short History of Gay Catholics

Hail, Holy Queen

Milk and Cookies

Need a Catholic Priest? Ask the Lesbian Jew

Back-Room Heroes

Spiritual Flamer 219

XVI Acts of the (Gay) Apostles: What Do You Do to Get in the Mood?

Pomfret's Lives of the Well-Intentioned, Reasonably Courageous, Everyday Clerics

Gay Voices

Back in the Saddle

Amazing Grace and Leftover Miracles 240

XVII I See Broken People Everywhere: Gay People 1, Cardinal Seán 0

Why Catholic? (Part 1)

Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Re-Membering

Why Catholic? (Part 2)

False Starts and Fake Boobs: A Prayer 256

XVIII Last Chance for Love: Meanwhile, Back at the Shrine

Why Catholic? (Part 3)

Last Chance for Love

Why Catholic? (Part 4)

And So What? 271

Epilogue 279

Acknowledgments 280

Notes 282

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