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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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At a Loss

At a Loss

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(p.165) 16 At a Loss
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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
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Dan Savage

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256570.003.0017

In this chapter, the author recounts the story of his strongly Catholic Chicago childhood and of his complex journey from a pious, seminary-aspiring altar boy to an adult “agnostatheist.” Both his identities as a gay man, husband, and father and his perduring, deeply harbored responses to his familial Catholicism and the Catholic Church play central roles. While harshly denouncing the harms inflicted by the church through its treatment of sexuality and sexual diversity, the author also speaks about the ache of loss that he feels not only at his mother’s death but also at his inability to feel wanted or welcomed in the faith community of his childhood and family.

Keywords:   Catholics, Catholic Church, gay men, sexuality, sexual diversity

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