Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies As Sacred Texts - Dugan McGinley; Duggan McGinley (2004)
ISBN 9780826415455
Genre Religion
Subject Autobiography - Religious aspects; Catholic gay men - History and criticism. - Biography; Homosexuality - Religious aspects
Publisher Continuum
Publication Date March 2004
Format Hardcover (237 x 161 mm)
Language eng
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.
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LoC Classification BX4669.M248 2004
Dewey 282/.73/086642
Cover Price $35.95
No. of Pages 246