Gay and Catholic

Author: Eve Tushnet
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1594715432
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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.

Living the Truth in Love

Author: Janet Smith, Ph.D.
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1621640604
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Living the Truth in Love grew out of the desire to provide answers to the questions posed in the Lineamenta for the Synod on Marriage of 2015 in Rome: “How can the Christian community give pastoral attention to families with persons with homosexual tendencies? What are the responses that, in light of cultural sensitivities, are considered to be most appropriate? While avoiding any unjust discrimination, how can such persons receive pastoral care in these situations in light of the Gospel? How can God’s will be proposed to them in their situation?” (40) People who want to be instruments of Christ’s love to those who experience same sex attraction—among them our children, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, parents, friends, and coworkers—seek guidance on how best to do so. We need to listen to the stories of those who experience SSA and the stories of those who have accompanied them on their journeys. We also need to ground our responses in a genuine Christian understanding of the human person and of human sexuality. More and more of those who have left the gay life style are telling their stories, stories that disclose that engaging in homosexual sexual acts has not delivered the happiness sought. Fortunately, for many there is a second chapter to the story, a beautiful story of falling in love with Jesus and his Church, of finding an ennobling understanding of the truth of the human person. Their journeys and transformations have often been facilitated by family members and friends, counselors and spiritual directors, who have been affirming and accepting of those who experience same-sex attraction without approving all their choices. Those who courageously face the realities of their lives and resolutely make the changes necessary—a process generally involving a significant amount of suffering, prayer, commitment to the sacraments, and a refashioning of relationships— eventually find peace, not misery, in accepting the Church’s teaching on sexuality. In their willingness to undergo conversions of many kinds and in their desire to seek holiness and live lives of complete self-giving, they become witnesses of the saving power of Jesus’ love and the graces he bestows on those who love him. This volume includes essays that lay out the Christian view of the human person and of human sexuality, essays that challenge the bifurcation of sexualities into “heterosexual” and “homosexual.” Topics include an explanation of the meaning of the word “disorder”, a discussion of the therapeutic power of friendship, and an application of St. Pope John Paul II’s personalism to the question of same-sex attraction. Psychologists and counselors explain various ways of affirming those who experience SSA and of leading them to experience the power of Christ’s healing love. Several of those who experience SSA tell their touching and inspiring stories.

The Future of Our Faith

Author: Ronald J. Sider
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1493403605
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Younger Christians are leaving the church in droves, frustrated and disillusioned by the track record of American Christianity. Older Christians, who still lead most churches, are concerned about this trend. But the generations don't see eye to eye on many things. Here two evangelical leaders forty years apart in age discuss some of the biggest issues challenging Christianity today and into the future, such as marriage, homosexuality, creation care, and politics. The authors model and cultivate an intentional, charitable, and much-needed intergenerational dialogue. Each chapter includes sidebar reflections from notable Christian leaders and individual and small group study questions.

Christ s Body Christ s Wounds

Author: Eve Tushnet
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1532613741
Format: PDF
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In every church—in every pew, it sometimes seems—there is someone who has been deeply hurt in the Catholic Church. And yet these people find themselves coming to church, wondering if anybody else can understand their experiences, their questions, and their needs. This book brings together twelve authors who describe the pain they’ve experienced in Catholic institutions—and the pathways they’ve found to healing and renewed faith. In poetry, memoir, pastoral guidance, and practical advice, these authors explore issues ranging from racism to sexual abuse to gossip and judgment. They offer support and encouragement to all those for whom the church has been a place of harm as well as holiness.

All But Invisible

Author: Nate Collins
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310526035
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What does it mean to be gay ... and a Christian? Beginning with how the Bible describes the Church, author Nate Collins outlines a vision for community life that challenges Christians to examine obstacles that inhibit spiritual unity. This new vision calls straight and non-straight believers alike to patterns of Christian obedience that respect and honor their similarities and differences.In addition, Collins provides a theological framework for understanding how Genesis 1-2 describes both gender and sexuality. He then unpacks biblical concepts like desire, lust, and temptation, and applies them to modern constructs like sexual attraction and orientation.Collins explores the theme of identity, focusing on facets of personal identity that are central to the experience of Christian gender minorities. He looks at what Scripture says about the formation and function of Christian identity, highlighting several theological and sociological tensions. Collins writes for believers who have a traditional sexual ethic and provides a compelling vision of gospel flourishing for gay, lesbian, and other same-sex attracted individuals.

Gott oder nichts

Author: Nicolas Diat
Publisher:
ISBN: 386357138X
Format: PDF
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In diesem autobiografischen Interviewbuch gibt Robert Kardinal Sarah, einer der prominentesten und freimütigsten katholischen Kardinäle, Zeugnis von seinem Glauben und kommentiert viele aktuelle Themen. Das meistdiskutierte und wichtigste katholische Buch des Jahres 2015! Aus dem Vorwort von Erzbischof Georg Gänswein: "Es ist die Radikalität des Evangeliums, die dieses Buch inspiriert, die Radikalität, die schon viele Glaubenszeugen bewegt und angetrieben hat, die Radikalität einer unausweichlichen Entscheidung, vor der letzlich jeder einzelne Mensch steht, wenn er früher oder später in seinem Leben, den Ruf Christi hört, ihn ernst nimmt, ihm nicht länger ausweichen will und endlich darauf antworten muss. Dann versteht er, dass seine ganze menschliche Existenz auf diese eine Frage zuläuft: Gott oder nichts!"

Der heilige Schein

Author: David Berger
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843707707
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David Berger ist schwul. Führende Kirchenvertreter nutzen seine sexuelle Orientierung, um ihn auf Spur zu halten. In diesem Buch deckt der hochrangige Theologe auf, was sich in den erzkonservativen Kreisen der katholischen Kirche abspielt. Ein Insiderbericht, der aufrüttelt und einen Schlüssel zu den Skandalen in der katholischen Kirche liefert.

Declare

Author: Tim Powers
Publisher: Festa Verlag
ISBN: 3935822537
Format: PDF, Kindle
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