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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchVoices of Our Times$
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Christine Firer Hinze and J. Patrick Hornbeck II

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256570

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.001.0001

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The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

(p.143) 13 The Stories We Tell
More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Kate Henley Averett

Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on stories—those that we are told about life and those that our lives actually tell. The chapter traces a personal story, recalling a family, childhood, education, and youth suffused and indelibly marked by Catholicism. It describes the author being burdened, as a young adult Catholic, by the mounting sense of tension between what her church taught and how its leaders behaved, on the one hand, and her own sense of queer identity, integrity, and vocation to marriage, on the other. These tensions led to a dramatic internal struggle that culminated during Holy Week, 2010. At an existential crossroads, she made a painful choice. Reprinting the metaphorical “breakup letter” that she wrote at that time, she expresses the reasons for her decision, not without pain or regret, to end her relationship with the institutional church.

Keywords:   Catholics, Catholicism, institutional church, queer identity

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