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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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“Church, Heal Thyself”

“Church, Heal Thyself”

Reflections of a Catholic Physician

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Mark Andrew Clark

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the love of God, the lively sacramental sensibilities, and the profound values that the church nurtured in him. Animated by love for God and desiring to serve, he entered minor seminary as a college student. But when, after falling in love, he confronted his gay identity, he found himself unmoored, disoriented, and virtually abandoned by the church he had so loved. Today, as a physician and medical school professor, he cherishes his Catholic faith and has found a welcoming parish community. But he struggles with, laments, and questions the disjuncture between what his scientific training and faithful life experience have taught him about being a gay man in relation to God and neighbor, and the present state of church teaching on these matters.

Keywords:   God, hay men, Catholics, faith, church teaching

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