Rebuilding "The Queer Church"

I began this site six years ago, with some very clear aims (originally spelled out here, as “Welcome: Come in, and Come Out”, and here, as “Good News for Queer Catholics“). In practice, much of the time I was more preoccupied with commentary on the daily news cycle, initially on the crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, later with gay marriage. There is a limit, however, to how often one can respond to an attack (gay) marriage and still find something to say which is new. Also, times have changed. Marriage and family equality are clearly well on the way – and I’ve changed: I’ve learned a lot, my skill set has grown.

The recent hacker attack which has (temporarily) blocked access to much of my content has presented me with a welcome opportunity to do what in case I’d been long considering – a substantial redesign and refocus for the site, and the “Queer Church” project.

Rather than constantly responding to the news cycle, I want to return to my earlier intention – to show that to be both Catholic and gay is not, after all, the insoluble contradiction that many people assume.  “How to be happy, Catholic and gay” is a reformulation of my original purpose, which I aim to elaborate on, with reference to the evidence from the following sources:

  • Science
  • My experience
  • Marriage and Family
  • A Queer Look at Scripture
  • Queer Saints and Martyrs
  • Catholic Teaching
  • Protestant Churches and inclusion
  • Gay / lesbian / queer theology



3 thoughts on “Rebuilding "The Queer Church"”

  1. Terence, I wonder if “Queering the Church” shouldn’t refer to the WHOLE Church where everyone is different…where Trinity might be defined as the Intercoursing “Separate Yet One-With”ness of God with ALL the People and All of us with each other.

    A place where we can not only “Eroticize Equality,” as Gloria Steinem suggests, but also Eroticize Theology FOR ALL!

  2. In fact I agree that “Queering the Church” should apply to the whole Church. “Queer” is a contentious term, which is too often simplistically used as a synonym for LGBT. That is not how I see it. When I first began the site, I explained an alternative usage, referring to sexual minorities of all kinds – and in the Catholic Church, we are all in a minority of ome kind or another (those attempting to live fully within Vatican sexual teaching are on statistical minority, celibate priests another). Since then, my thinking has moved beyond the sexual sphere – just as queer theorists do not restrict their usage to the sexual or gender realms. Indeed, we are all different, each is unique, and this difference should be treasured.

    I’m intrigued by your second observation, that we should “Eroticize Theology FOR ALL!” The idea is tantalizing – but I wonder what it means? I’ll be thinking about this, but would be really interested if you’d like to elaborate.

  3. Thanks, Terry…About “Eroticize Theology FOR ALL!” There is this God Who Loves Us. Why isn’t theology based on this God?

    Imagine a God who desires a relationship of back and forth “Separate Yet One-With” intercourse…an intercourse which continually creates new ways of loving, being, healing, etc. as that intercourse moves back and forth between God and us, both individually and communally!

    What a wondrous theology that would be!

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