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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Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place).

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: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594715433
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,149,128
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Eve Tushnet lives in Washington, DC, where she was raised somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism. She cofounded her high school’s gay/straight alliance and entered the Catholic Church in 1998, during her sophomore year at Yale University. She is a freelance writer and a recovering alcoholic. In 2010, she was profiled in the New York Times’s “Beliefs” column. Tushnet blogs regularly at The American Conservative and Patheos. Her work has been published by the Atlantic, Weekly Standard, Commonweal, and First Things, and she has written for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog and the New York Times’ “Room for Debate.” She has spoken on being gay and Catholic at Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Fordham, among others. She has also addressed a group of campus ministers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and spoken with Interfaith Voices, a syndicated public radio show. Tushnet contributed an essay on gay Catholic life to the 2008 anthology Faith at the Edge, and has essays forthcoming in books from Fordham University Press and Notre Dame University Press.

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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Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been looking forward to reading Eve Tushnet's book, and it may well be a fine book. But this Nook file has serious technical issues, and makes the book difficult to read and navigate through. One star in hopes this bad review will catch the author's and/or publisher's attention, and convince them to demand the ebook file be fixed. In the meantime, I've just wasted $11 on an unreadable book. Grrr.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every church member or friend or family member of a gay person should read this insightful book!