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…

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…

Newman, and the development of Catholic teaching on abortion and homosexuality

“… and old principles reappear under new forms. It [a great idea] changes with them in order to remain the same. In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” So goes the argument of Blessed John Henry Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Like any great idea, doctrine must change in order to remain the same. Only dead doctrine cannot change, for “a power of development is a proof of life.”

“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”: Notre Dame’s Plan

This is the sixth post in a series on understanding same sex attraction. The other five posts are: –On Terminology –Within Catholicism –Newman and Michelangelo –Broadening Same-Sex-Attraction –Learning from the Pro-Life Movement The conclusion of Notre Dame’s “comprehensive review of GLBTQ student services and support” on December 5, 2012 immediately garnered national attention. The University…

“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”: 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…