Just one of the many problems underlying the opposition to marriage equality, and more broadly the theology of sexuality, is a simplistic assumption that humans divide neatly into two biological sexes, and two genders to coincide with them. It just…Read more →
June is a big month for marriage equality. In the UK, it’s now clear that the House of Lords will approve the Marriage (Same – Sex Partners) Bill, in the USA, the Supreme Court will make two rulings that will…Read more →
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What I've learned from Poldark about the promise(and complexity) of relationships.Angharad Rees and Robin Ellis as Demelza and Ross Poldarkin the BBC television series Poldark (1975-1977)Winston Graham's Poldark series of books is comprised of twelve "novels of Cornwall" set in the years 1783-1820. Throughout the series the relationship b […]
The core problem with Catholic bishops’ pronouncements on gay marriage, and on human sexuality more generally, is that they are usually based entirely on speculation and supposition, made with little or no recourse to evidence – and none at all to the real-life experience of loving, committed sexual relationships, of which they have none themselves.That is w […]
I'm reading Dara Horn's novel The World to Come (NY: W.W. Norton, 2006) right now, and was taken with this passage when I read it last night:One night when he was still a young man, the headmaster dreamed that he had died, and had arrived in the next world. When it was the headmaster's turn to appear before the divine throne, the Holy One took […]
Before the day passes, I want to wish a happy fathers' day to readers of Bilgrimage who may be fathers celebrating this holiday. This year, the celebration falls just before the anniversary of my own father's birthday on 18 June. That anniversary and my father have been on my mind in the past week and today on fathers' day. I hope that for all […]
Pope Francis was elected to perform this task. Perhaps any other initiative should wait lest the stench from this pile corrupt everything else. In a meeting with members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops Pope Francis had some thoughts on collegiality and the further use of bishops in the structure of the Church. He even said the furtherance of […]
Both the glorious city of Prague and its majestic, serene river, the Vltava or Moldau (take your pick), have returned to some semblance of normal. The flood waters are receding - slowly - having caused far less damage than the 2002 floods. The beautiful, wide embankments which are such a pleasure to walk upon, are still under water, about four feet. But the […]
Terrible floods in Central Europe, at the moment, with flooding in the south of the country and the historic center of Prague threatened by rising river waters. We're all hoping and praying this is not a repeat of the 2002 disaster, which caused two billion dollars damage and was a terrible blow to the Czech economy. But it's already bad. Forecaste […]
[...] have used the word “implosion” to describe the current state of affairs at the Holy See: Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet published in Britain, and Massimo Franco, a veteran political [...]
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