A Gift to the Church
This chapter focuses on extensive public silence about the lives of lesbian religious women. It describes decades of ministry and dialogue that have nonetheless taken place within New Ways Ministry and other groups. It explores three main themes that have been part of this development in the lives of lesbian nuns since the 1970s: sexual identity, coming out, and celibacy. Within these developments, it explores the hidden treasures of intimate friendship as symbol for the love of God; of countercultural witness, service, and education aligned with the marginalized and rejected; and of mentorship and role modeling for those coping with rejection and pain. The chapter also includes a response suggesting that lesbian nuns, like all women, have also been excluded from significant voice or function within the Roman Catholic Church by virtue of their biology as women.
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