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Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts



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Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts by Dugan McGinley
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It is widely admitted that Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality is schizophrenic: morally rigorous but pastorally progressive. Dominican theologian Gareth Moore says the problem stems from the church's focus on 'acts' rather than 'relationships'. Since Vatican II and the Stonewall Riot, there has been an outpouring of lesbian and gay Catholic autobiographies - some book-length, others in the form of essays or even embedded in novels. These autobiographical 'acts', argues McGinley, can provide the subjectivity-thick description that is sorely lacking in the Church's understanding of gay people. In Acts of Faith, Acts of Love, McGinley explores the overlap of religious and sexual identities in the stories gay men write about themselves. The autobiographical writings of 40 gay Catholics (or once Catholics) are analysed. Among the better known are Rafael Campo, Philip Gambone, Andrew Holleran, Fenton Johnson, David Kopay, J. D. McClatchy, Brian Naught, John McNeill, Richard Plante, Richard Rodriquez, Andrew Sullivan, and Jose Zuniga. The work is both literary and theological on the premise that experience constitutes one of the four sources of theological reflection, along with scripture, tradition, and reason.

Author Biography

Dugan McKinley, who teaches religious studies at Temple University, considers himself a 'highly committed Catholic'. He has worked throughout his adult life as music director and liturgist in a number of Roman Catholic parishes.
Release date NZ
June 3rd, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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