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