Monthly Archives: March 2009

Modern Birthing (with update)

A f’ortnight ago I wrote that my daughter was awaiting  ‘imminently’ her first child. That turned out to be optimistic.  Claudia Paige finally made her appearance yesterday afternoon, two weeks late and some 40+ hours after the onset of the…

St. Patrick: A Role Model?

So why should we see St Paddy as a gay icon? A recent book on Irish gay history (“Terrible Queer Creatures”, Brian Lacey) presents some evidence he may have had a long term intimate relationship with a man: “St. Patrick…

Support V2 Petition – Update.

Several weeks ago, I posted information on a petition to support Vatican II, together with a link.  This post has continued to attract readers and support, and many of you have followed the link to the petition site.  Thank you.…

Westminster

Several commentators are reporting that the next man to head Westminster will be Bernard Longley. I prefer to keep out of this kind of speculation, but if true this will be huge for us.  This is the man who led…

Catholic ‘Dissent’

As a child in Catholic primary schools, I vividly remember memorising, page by page, the catechism of the church:  first a slim little red version, later a slightly fatter grey-green version for older students. “Who made you? God made me.”…

Benedict’s New Clothes

Michael Bayley, at The Wild Reed, and Colleen Cochivar-Baker at Enlightened Catholicism, show a fascinating exchange of views on the declining numbers in the Western church.  (Both are responding to a reported drop in numbers in the US /Canadian Catholic…

Personal landmarks

Earlier I wrote about two landmark anniversaries for our Soho Masses.  At about this time, I also pass  three more personal landmarks, 2 concerning this blog specifically:  1st March marked 2 months since I launched “Queering the Church”, while sometime…

Soho Masses

I spent last Saturday with a group of 20 LGBT Catholics on a pastoral planning workshop for the ‘Soho Masses’.  These Masses are now marking a double anniversary:  this week is the 2nd anniversary of their formal recognition by the…

Clobber Texts: A New Reading of Leviticus

As I continue to investigate the issues around faith and sexuality, I am constantly in search of reliable information and analyses to set against the misinformation, selective quotations and misinterpretations that masquerade as the conventional wisdom on the subject. Recently,…