Monthly Archives: August 2009

Transgendered in Church

While helping out at our Catholic stall after this year’s Pride parade through London, I was approached by a woman who put a question that left me totally at a loss on how to respond:  What is the Church’s position…

The Homoerotic Catholic Church

That’s right:  not homophobic, but homoerotic.  Sure, there is homophobia, especially in the official teaching, but if you peer beneath the surface, scratch the veneer, lift the skirts of the priestly vestments at what lies beneath and within, you find…

Scranton’s Bishop Martino stepping down

Breaking news from the National Catholic Reporter is that Bishop Martino is stepping down.  Thankfully, on this side of the Atlantic I have not had to worry too much about him, but even so I was immediately able to recognise…

The Queer Bible: Beyond Family Values

Under the heading,  “A Way Back Behind Christian Homophobia”, Adam Kotsko writes at the blog “An und fur sich” about a trilogy of books by Ted Jennings: Jacob’s Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel, The Man Jesus Loved:…

Anglicans in South Africa Join the push.

Anglicans in the Archdioces of Cape Town have joined the movement for ecclesiastical support for gay relationships.  Coming hot on the heels of important decisions by the US Episcopalians and Evangelical Lutherans, it adds to the momentum for  acceptance in…

Lutherans, Gay Clergy: Shifting Theology.

The decisions of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) this week have rightly received a lot of attention, and are clearly significant to Lutherans, and to the rest of us: but not only for the obvious reasons. First, it…

A Healing Church

(This comes as a guest post from Irene, a dear friend who is a committed regular at the Soho Masses – travelling long distance to get there.  This is her account of a recent experience attending Mass, on the night…

Secrets & Lies – and Uncovering the Truth

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” (James 3:5) ******* Indeed, this small member has potential for great damage – but also…

Barefoot Theologians, Twitching Experience.

For some weeks now, I’ve been wanting to write about Willliam Lindsay’s commentary at Bilgrimage, on Bendedict XVI’s encyclical on Caritas in Veritate.  William has a remarkable ability to find something fresh to say on subjects that are widely discussed…