Video: Gay and Catholic

In October, I gave a talk at the University of Notre Dame on being gay and Catholic. Part one has the main talk, and part two is the Q&A. Advertisements

What’s Next for Love and Marriage?

The following column was published in The Observer on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The first dozen times I came out I cried. For many of my friends, it was the first time they had seen me cry. Ever. A high school friend once told me that I had two emotions: happy, and more happy. She was…

Homosexuality: From Tolerance to Love (audio)

I recently gave a lecture at the University of Notre Dame as part of its Theology on Tap series, sponsored by ND Campus Ministry. You can listen to the audio by clicking here. Here’s the event description: Join us for Theology on Tap, a Catholic speaker series for undergraduate and graduate students of all ages,…

Coming Out Christian (audio)

I recently gave a presentation on faith and homosexuality with Julie Rodgers. The audio is below. You can find out more about the event here. 

A Theory of Sexual Attraction: Part 2

So, based upon my first post in this series, our “sexuality chart” might look something like this, with a different chart for each person: (If this chart doesn’t make sense to you, you may want to go back and read that first post.) In that first post, I divided off “same-sex-attraction” from “opposite-sex-attraction” and then…

A Theory of Sexual Attraction: Part 1

Over the years, various theories have been proposed as to how we might classify human sexuality. In popular discourse, a gay – straight spectrum is commonly used, such as this one: That is, people are “scored” as to how “gay” or how “straight” they are, with bisexuality in the middle. This is a sharp divergence…

“The Gay Issue”: Objections and Clarifications

This is my seventh post in a series on understanding same sex attraction. The other six posts are: –On Terminology –Within Catholicism –Newman and Michelangelo –Broadening Same-Sex-Attraction –Learning from the Pro-Life Movement –Notre Dame’s Plan As I have been writing for this series, I have received a number of excellent criticisms and comments about my posts….

“The Gay Issue”: Learning from the Pro-Life Movement

This is my fifth post in a series on understanding same-sex-attraction. The previous four posts are: –On Terminology –Within Catholicism –Newman and Michelangelo –Broadening Same-Sex-Attraction In her book Unplanned, Abby Johnson discusses her first day as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood. She recalls, “As I waited, I was caught off guard by a few protesters…

“The Gay Issue”: Broadening Same-Sex-Attraction

This post is the fourth post in a series on understanding “same-sex-attraction.” The three previous posts were: On Terminology Within Catholicism Newman and Michelangelo One very complex concept that I have discussed is the idea of “attraction.” Defining and understanding the idea of attraction can be very difficult. What does it mean for a person…

“The Gay Issue”: Newman and Michelangelo

This is my third post on understanding “same-sex-attraction.” The previous two posts were On Terminology and “same-sex-attraction” Within Catholicism. If Christians wish to call any kind of same-sex-attraction intrinsically disordered, one must say that many great Christian figures, including Michelangelo, John Henry Newman, David and Jonathan, Saints Sergius and Bacchus, and others suffered great disorder. Their…

“The Gay Issue”: Within Catholicism

This is my second post on understanding “same sex attraction.” To read my first post, “On Terminology,” click here. For those who are Catholic, the first place to look for understanding these issues is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism is “a complete summary of what Catholics throughout the world believe in common.”…

“The Gay Issue”: On Terminology

This series of posts comes after many people asking my opinion about Notre Dame’s plan for resources for GLBTQ students. It will surprise some and shock others that I am very supportive of this plan, although this should not be a secret after my public critique of some aspects of Courage, a current apostolate for…