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Book Pre-Review: Gay & Catholic by Eve Tushnet

by David Gray, July 28, 2014

gay and catholic eve tushnet

You may remember Eve Tushnet from the wildly popular article, I’m Gay, but I’m Not Switching to a Church that Supports Gay Marriage, which nearly every institutional/mainstream Catholic aggregate website and blog promoted. Well, now the Catholic Channel Patheos blogger is set to release her first book, entitled, Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith. The anticipated release date is October 20, 2014.

Eve, born in 1978, converted to the Catholic Church when she was a twenty year old sophomore at Yale University. Her exposure to religion prior to that included some Jewish influences. The reason why Eve says she wrote this book was to fill a void in this area. While there are a number of books already that address the personal experience of being ‘gay’ and Christian, and written from a perspective that is faithful to historical Christian teaching on sexuality, there currently aren’t any books she found that addressed the idea of vocations for ‘gay’ Catholics.

The first part of the book consists of her personal story, “but then the rest of it goes through a lot of different paths: devoted friendship, service to your family of origin, service to people in need, service to your community — basically a lot of different ways you can have a life that is fruitful, loving, that is surrounded by people who love and care for you.” The above quote came from Eve’s July 3, 2014 book interview with the Jesuit America magazine. For more background on Eve’s ideology also see Coming Out Christian: how faithful homosexual are transforming our churches.

A great deal of what Eve has to say in her book can aptly apply to any Christian seeking to follow God’s call upon their life. Essentially, she is simply offering her input on the 2,000 year old question, ‘How Do I Serve Christ Jesus?’. Particularly, she wants to answer the question, ‘How Do I Serve Christ Jesus as a Gay-Celibate’, and dangerously couched in her 224 page response to that particular question is her idea that being ‘gay’ is a permanent condition; that same-sex attraction is not a deep-seated tendency and an objectively disordered inclination, as the Catholic Church defines it (Cf. CCC. 2358). Eve believes that she is ‘gay’ now and always will be ‘gay’, regardless of the interest of God’s transformative grace to do something else with her, and she wants to foist her personal resolve to her inclination onto the world, just as the 16th century ‘reformulator’ Martin Luther did with his personal resolve towards not feeling good enough to be loved by God. For Luther it was ‘faith alone’ and for Eve it’s ‘gay always’.

In my article Homosexualism: A Creeping Catholic Heresy, I spent a respectable amount of words on this ideology of homosexualism that Eve wants to press forward in this book. I told you then what their agenda was, and told you why writing books and articles was going to be their primary path to get us to buy into this lie of homosexuality being nothing but a natural human orientation. To be clear, homosexualism is where Catholicism diverges into naturalism.

Gay & Catholic: An Exercise in Abortive Intellect & Faith

Many of you who are familiar with my conversion story to the Catholic Church know that I spent almost six years in prison for embezzlement. What I have told very few people up to now, that I am about to tell thousands is that I’ve always suffered from an inclination to steal, for as long as I can remember. When I was five years old I remember being in the grocery story with my Mother and Grandmother and I saw one of those sailboats that float in the bathtub. I took it off the hook and continued walking around the store them. When we arrived at the register to pay for the groceries I just kept it in my hand, as I eyed the cashier to make sure she couldn’t spy it. When we walked out the store, the little white sailboat was still in my hand. When we got to the car and opened up the trunk to put the groceries in, I excitedly said, “Look ma,” as I proudly and triumphantly raised the sailboat in the air. She asked where I got that, and I told her from the store, then Grandma said, “Gwen! Take that back in there,” and Mom took it out of my hand and took it back in the store. I always wondered what would have happened if I had been disciplined at that moment . . . But what a rush that was! Even though that was nearly thirty-seven years ago, I can still remember what a trill it was to walk out those grocery store doors knowing I had just gotten away with something.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t look for opportunities to get away with taking something that didn’t belong to me. Through every age; through high school, through college, though my twenties, I was always looking for that rush I only got from stealing. Sometimes it was something bold like a television or a computer or a man’s girlfriend or wife; other times it was a snickers or a can of spray-paint. Mind you, I didn’t grow up in poverty. I wanted for nothing as a kid. I always worked, even in college. Stealing was just what made me feel good and it came natural to me. Then, when embezzling money from my employer became something I felt I didn’t have control over anymore, I did everything I could possibly think of to stop, but nothing permanently worked for me until October 31, 2003 when I got down on my knees, even though I was an Agnostic, and told God that if He is real, then He should be able to help me stop stealing money. From November 1, 2003 on, I never again felt that same inclination to steal that had plagued me my entire life. I had no appetite to procure that rush that came from getting away with taking something that didn’t belong to me. In fact, I still get of hint of nausea at the even at the thought of stealing. That’s God grace at work!

Now, I don’t pretend to be able to relate completely to having an inclination towards same-sex attraction as some have had all their life. Neither do I pretend to presuppose God’s grace to work as others as instantly as it did for me. Sometimes God delivers people from their trials, and other times His grace just carries them through it or around it, but His work is always accomplished on His perfect scheduled, and not on ours.

I know this one thing as well; that Jesus is not a liar. He didn’t lie when He said “Ask and your shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). He didn’t lie when He said, “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). He didn’t lie when He said, “Those who persevere to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

So whatever you are going through and however long you have been going through it, don’t give up on God. Giving up on God’s grace is an exercise in abortion. You’ve committed an abortion of your faith and your intellect when come to believe that God is done with conforming you into the image of His Son. I beg you! Do not give up on God, because He has not given up on you!

10 Comments


    • ct
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    • July 29, 2014

    Outstanding article

    • Mara319
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    • July 29, 2014

    Thank you, David, for this wonderful article. God bless you for your apostolate!

    • Thank you very much for that blessing Mara!!!!

    • ForChristAlone
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    • July 29, 2014

    Thanks for your perspective. You didn't seem to define your identity around your inclination to covet other peoples goods/wives. Same with SSA - we ought not define who we are around it.

    • Thank you. That is an interesting thought. There was definitely enough evidence there to suggest that I was born a thief and an adulterer, and if it was socially acceptable to identify myself as such I might have . . .

    • Dawn Eden
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    • July 29, 2014

    David, although I continue to believe you were unfair to Terry Nelson in lumping him in with the homosexualists, I do appreciate this post very much. It is needed. Thank you for your witness.

    • Thank you Dawn! Yeah. obviously I was unfair, but it was completely unintentional and after everyone left I cleaned it up. Blessings to your good work as well. Waiting for you to reboot at Patheos.

        • Dawn Eden
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        • July 29, 2014

        I did not know you cleaned it up. That is great to hear. Thanks for your good wishes regarding my Patheos blog. Right now I am not intending to reboot there, as the ads (even the non-sexy ones) are too intrusive. However, besides continuing to post on The Dawn Patrol (dawneden.blogspot.com), I have been invited to join a long-established blog and will do so when it relaunches August 4. Will keep you posted. Thanks again for your witness in this post. The personal sharing is a great angle. Lisa Graas has expressed a similar concern regarding how the "gay identity" trope would have us identify ourselves with our pathology rather than our wholeness in Christ. I see Eve's error as refusing to believe that her attraction to people of the same sex, whether acted upon or not, is indicative of a wound. To reduce herself to a "gay Catholic," even a "chaste" one, is to reduce herself to her wound, and then to advertise it.

        • Yeah, I think identifying ourselves according to our wound, or to our source of pain, guilt or shame is necessary for season, but the story can't end there. God's grace eventually has us to identify ourselves according to our wholeness. Oh, that's too bad. You, Fr. Longenecker, and Deacon Greg were beneficial to have over there, but I'm about tired of that video-ad on auto play myself. LOL I'll be checking in at your blogspot to find out what is new. :D Blessings and Shalom!!!

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