Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts

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In Acts of Faith, Acts of Love, McGinely explores the overlap of religious and sexual identities in the stories gay men write about themselves. The autobiographical writings of forty gay Catholics (or once Catholics) are analysed.
The work is both literary and theological on the premise that experience constitutes one of the four sources of theological reflection, along with scripture, tradition, and reason.

'An important contribution to the ongoing discussion of homosexuality and religion... resounds with the authenticity and integrity of personal narrative and academic critique. Highly recommended.' Library Journal

'McGinley has done a great service... funny... heartbreaking' Human Development

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Dugan McGinley teaches religious studies at Temple University and serves as music director and liturgist in a number of Roman Catholic parishes in Philadelphia.

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"This is an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of the intersection of homosexuality and religion. McGinley presents a scholarly, well-documented discussion of the integration of sexuality and identity, as well as the theoretical issues of moral agency and narrative form. He complements this discussion with a sensitive exploration of pattersn and themes in contemporary autobiographical writings by 40 gay catholics (or former Catholics)....his book presents a powerful indictment of current Catholic Church teachings on homosexuality. This book resounds with the authenticity of personal narrative and academic critique - an unusual and effective combination. Highly recommended for any collection keeping up with current views on homosexuality and religion and essential for academic libraries."" - Library Journal, March 2004"

“Part of McGinley’s challenge to the church hierarchy is to take gay Catholics seriously...this is a timely exploration of gay Catholic identities using autobiographical works by gay Catholics.” – Conscience, Summer / Autumn 2004

“Our Newspapers and churches are filled with questions about gay rights, same-sex marriage and gay / lesbian adoption. What we may miss is the human face of the debate. In this regard McGinley has done a great service, assembling and analyzing forty gay Catholic autobiographies. Some experts are funny, others heartbreaking; all attempt to save lives. They are all acts of courage and sacred texts because they save not only the author but other gay Catholics for whom following the church teaching ‘leads not to virtue but to pathology.’ One feels gratitude by the insights revealed by the collected autobiographies and the thematic analysis of them. Even those of us who thought we understood the gay dilemma will learn about it in greater depth. If this work stirs in others the kind of empathy for our common humanity that it did in me then change has already begun.” – Kathy Coffey, Human Development Magazine, 2004

"...an important contribution to the theological literatureon homosexuality. This is an indispensable book for understanding gay identity.It is also very helpful for those who are interested in the way autobiographycan function in theology." — Horizons,Fall 2005
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"Shaped by a body ofwork that relates gay Catholic studies, this book explores and responds to thechurch's teachings on homosexuality, presenting a more complex picture of gaysthan traditionally painted."- ForwardMagazine (Forward)

"For heterosexualpeople, for Catholics who share a Church where gay priests statistics rangeanywhere from 25 to 50%, there exists a need to understand the complexitiesinherent in such a situation. McGinley's book serves that purpose well. WhatMcGinley's work does do (for heterosexual readers) is give a much clearerpicture of the lives, actions, fears, and hopes of gay Catholic people. Becausethe content is free of any graphic material often found in gay literature, itis an excellent book for those who seek to understand the world we are livingin today and necessary reading for Catholics concerned with the future of theChurch."- The Catholic Advocate, Dec/ Jan 2006, Vol.14, No. 11/12 (The Catholic Advocate)

“...an important contribution to the theological literatureon homosexuality. This is an indispensable book for understanding gay identity.It is also very helpful for those who are interested in the way autobiographycan function in theology.” – Horizons,Fall 2005
(Horizons)

“Shaped by a body ofwork that relates gay Catholic studies, this book explores and responds to thechurch’s teachings on homosexuality, presenting a more complex picture of gaysthan traditionally painted.”- ForwardMagazine (Forward)

“For heterosexualpeople, for Catholics who share a Church where gay priests statistics rangeanywhere from 25 to 50%, there exists a need to understand the complexitiesinherent in such a situation. McGinley’s book serves that purpose well. WhatMcGinley’s work does do (for heterosexual readers) is give a much clearerpicture of the lives, actions, fears, and hopes of gay Catholic people. Becausethe content is free of any graphic material often found in gay literature, itis an excellent book for those who seek to understand the world we are livingin today and necessary reading for Catholics concerned with the future of theChurch.”- The Catholic Advocate, Dec/ Jan 2006, Vol.14, No. 11/12 (The Catholic Advocate)

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