Friday, August 18, 2006

The Catholic imagination

A punto

From First Things’s not that he’s gay, because as a celibate man it doesn’t matter one way or the other — it’s that he doesn’t shut up about it. That’s exactly what the Vatican meant. Straight priests don’t run around telling folks how they’re into women.
As Charley Wingate has said, the love that dare not shut up.
Unlike Damian Thompson, I don’t mourn the impending loss to the Church of lacy prelates at “ritualist churches” (in Vatican City or elsewhere) curling their pinky fingers and going goo-goo over this or that to-die-for arrangement of Palestrina’s Missa Papæ Marcelli.
Once again First Things and I disagree.

Yes, I know that mainstream RC doesn’t like them — they like ‘real men’ like Bishop Thomas Doran (he’s Irish*, by God, not into that fairy artsy-fartsy stuff).

Catholic parish, ; gay parish, no.

Me again on ‘openly gay’.

*To Daithí and others: yes, I know that’s not fair but the reason stereotypes are stereotypes is there are people who fit them. Just echoing Thomas Day here. In fact I’m quoting Where Have You Gone, Michelangelo? almost verbatim.

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