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Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith

Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith

by Eve Tushnet


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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 political conservatives, 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594715426
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 381,013
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eve Tushnet is a freelance writer and Catholic convert. She blogs at Patheos and her writing has been published by the Atlantic, Commonweal, First Things, and many other outlets. Tushnet gives frequent talks on being gay and Catholic and in 2010 was profiled in the New York Times "Beliefs" column.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Coining Out Catholic

Chapter 1 A Charmed Life 11

Chapter 2 The Botany Club 18

Chapter 3 Evidence for the Prosecution 31

Chapter 4 Lather, Rinse, Repent 46

Chapter 5 Three Kinds of Diversity in Gay Christian Lives 60

Part 2 You Are Called to Love

Chapter 6 What Vocation Is and Is Not 74

Chapter 7 Friendship in Theology and History 88

Chapter 8 Spiritual Friendship Today and Tomorrow 100

Chapter 9 From Friends to Family 119

Chapter 10 The Church as Home 128

Chapter 11 Service and Solidarity 143

Chapter 12 Challenges Within Your Vocation 152

Conclusion: The Two Crowns 174

Acknowledgments 177

Appendix 1 Further Resources 178

Appendix 2 Frequently Asked Questions 188

Appendix 3 Making the Church a Place of Welcome for Same-Sex Attracted Christians 204

Notes 211

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