Homosexuality and Catholicism Bibliography:
Section IX: Lesbian and Gay Clergy and Religious
© Paul Halsall
A: Roman Catholic
Baldwin, Monica, I Leap Over the Wall, (New
York; Signet, 1950)
A nun describes 28 years in the cloister (1913-41).
Pp 82-84, 87, 187-88 and chapter 14 all mention particular freindships
and love between women.
Berstein, Marcell, ed., The Nuns, (New York:
Based on conversation with 500 nuns. Discusses lesbianism
Brownsworth, Victoria, "Lesbian Nuns: Closted
in the Cloister", Philadelphia Gay News, May 2-15
1980, pp 16-17 and May 30-June 12 1980, pp. 12, 15
First discussion to appear in print.
Cruikshank, Margaret, "Cloister Convents: Breaking
Silence" , Gay Community News (Boston), April 30 1983,
Cruikshank, Margaret, ed, The Lesbian Path,
(San Francisco: Double Axe Books, 1981)
Includes essays by four lesbian ex-nuns.
Curb, Rosemary and Hannah Blue Heron, "Sister
Mystics", WomenSpirit (Fall 1984), 41
Describes how asceticism and Catholic mysticism
have been transformed inro lesbian spirituality.
Curb, Rosemary, "Lesbian Nuns: Patriarchal Suppression
or Matriarchal Comunity", Womens Studies Quarterly (Summer 1985)
Curb, Rosemary and Nancy Manahan, eds, Lesbian
Nuns: Breaking Silence, (Naiad Press, 1985)
Accounts by former and current Lesbian nuns of their lives and
experiences. Great pictures. Good bibliography by Nancy Manahan,
largely included here, apart from newspaper articles
Boswell, John, "Old Habits, New Habits", New Republic Jan 6, 1986; 194:1 p. 36-39
Kennedy, Eugene, "Books: Homosexual Priests
& Nuns--Two Assessments", Commonweal Jan 26, 1990;
117:2 p. 56-58
"From Abomination to Blessing: The Gift of Being
Gay - Reflections of a Gay Woman Religious", in n Kathleen
Leopold and Thomas Orians, eds., Theological Pastoral Resources:
A Collection of Articles on Homosexuality from a Pastoral Perspective,
6th ed., (Washington DC : Dignity. 1981, repr. 1985), 69
"Gaily Ministering: A Conversation between Gay
Women Religious", (1981), n Kathleen Leopold and Thomas Orians,
eds., Theological Pastoral Resources: A Collection of Articles
on Homosexuality from a Pastoral Perspective, 6th ed., (Washington
DC : Dignity. 1981, repr. 1985), 51-52
Gramick, Jeannine, "Lesbian nuns: identity,
affirmation, and gender differences", in Homosexuality
in priesthood & religious life; J Gramick, ed, 1989 p219-236
Griffin, Mary, The Courage to Choose: An American
Nun's Story, (Boston: Little, Brown, 1975)
Discuses fear of lesbian relationships behind "particular
Nuscera, Maria, "Lesbian and Celibate: Journeys
in the Dark", Images 2:1 9March 1984), 2-3
A nun's struggles with sexual relationships and
Pecoraro, Jo Louise, "Supporting our lesbian
sisters", in Homosexuality in priesthood & religious
life; J Gramick, ed. 1989 p194-199
Sherman, Sarah M., "Lesbianism and the Vatican:
free to be ministers of the Gospel?", In The Vatican and
Homosexuality; ed by J Gramick and P Furey, 1988 p157-162
Wong, Mary Gilligan, Nun, (San Diego: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, 1983)
Memoir of covent years (1961-1968). Accounts of
particular friends 119-125, and 224-226 and a discussion of gay
men and lesbians in religiou life (380-382)
Becker, Jane F., "Formation for priestly celibacy:
pertinent issues", The Journal of Pastoral Counseling 22:1 (1987), 65-76
Berry, Jason, "Homosexuality in the Priesthood
Said to Run High", National Catholic Reporter 23,18
(27 Feb 1987), 1, 16-20
Bootsma, Emiel, "Catholic Bishop Ordains Openly
Gay Dutchman ", Advocate Nov 3, 1992; :615 p. 31
[Abstract from electonic database]: The ordination of Antoine
Bodar, who is openly gay, by Dutch Roman Catholic bishop Hei Bomers
is discussed. The ordination comes only three months after the
Vatican sent an antigay message to its clergy worldwide.
Brown, Howard, Familiar Faces, Hidden Lives: The
Story of Homosexual Men in America Today, (New York: Harvest/HBJ,
Chapter 10 "Religion" contains interesting
interviews with a gay Roman Catholic priest and a gay Rabbi.
Coleman, D., "The Homosexual Question in Preisthood
and Religious Life", Priest 40 (Dec 1984), 12-19
Tolerant about accepting gay clergy.
DeBlassie, R., "Affirming the Homosexual Preist", Priest 40 (Dec 1984), 34-36
DeStefano, George, "Gay under the Collar: The
Hypocrisiy of the Catholic Church", The Advocate 439
(Feb 4 1986), 43-48
Partially an interview with from Christian Brother, Kevin Gordon.
Estimates gay priests, nuns, and brothers at 30-60% of total.
Dlugos, Tim, "A Cruel God: The Gay Challenge
to the Catholic Church", Christopher St 4:9 (Sept
Long article which argues that there is much homosexual activity
going on in Church institutions. Based on on interviews and personal
Gallagher, John, "Forgive me father", Advocate:
Apr 6, 1993; :626 p. 36-41
[Abstract from electronic database]:James Harry Reyos is profiled.
Reyos confessed to killing Patrick Ryan, a Catholic priest, with
whom he allegedly had sexual relations. Some believe he is innocent
and only confessed because of his guilt feelings about his homosexuality,
which is forbidden in Native American culture.
"Gay Catholic priest with AIDS (R-3683) Television
Program: Donahue Aug 23, 1993; Program :3800 p.
[Abstract from electonic database]: A priest discusses the priesthood,
the Roman Catholic Church, sin and other topics.
Garneau, George, "Reverend Targeted in Story
Charges Racism, Editor & Publisher Sep 30, 1989; 122:39
[Abstract from electronic database]:The "Washington Post"
story alleging that George A Stallings Jr, the Roman Catholic
priest that broke away to establish his own Afro-American congregation,
had sex in 1977 with a then 16-year-old altar boy has drawn a
great deal of criticism. The paper had no named sources and the
altar boy waited 12 years to report it.
Gittings, Jim, "Clergy and Sexuality: The Pot
Still Simmers", Christianity & Crisis Jul 20,
1992; 52:11 p. 250-252
[Abstract from electonic database]: Many different Methodist,
Baptist and Presbyterian churches are wrestling with the problem
of deciding how to deal with gays and lesbians in their congregations.
Roman Catholic bishops seem to be split almost in half as far
as deeming gay and lesbian committed relationships morally acceptable
Goergen, Donald, The Sexual Celibate, (New
York: Seabury Press, 1974)
Gramick, Jeannine, ed. Homosexuality in the priesthood
and the religious life, (New York : Crossroad, 1989)
Contents: Homosexuality and religious life: a historical
approach, J Boswell. Homophobia, heterosexism, and pastoral practice,
R Ruether. The shadow side of the homosexuality debate D Maguire.
The lost coin, Sister Mary. At home, J Whitacre. Home by way
of roundabout, Sister Raphaela. Gifts given, Sister Linda. Speaking
my truth, E Brady. The mirror child, Sister Vickie. Patient
weavers, M St John. A priest forever, W McNichols. Inheritance
for the disinherited, Brother Amos. We shall not cease from exploration,
Father Paul. The land I love in, M Kelty. Lord, make me an instrument
of your peace, R Cardarelli. You are my people, Brother Jonathan.
Without shame, Father Aelred. The sycamore is not the only kind
of tree outside my window, J Hilgeman. Supporting our lesbian
sisters, J Pecoraro. Homosexuality and seminary candidates, R
Nugent. Lesbian nuns: identity, affirmation and gender differences,
J Gramick. God calls, religious orders respond, J Schweickert.
Kaganoff, Penny, Publishers Weekly Aug 11, 1989;
236:6 p. 453
Kennedy, Eugene, , Commonweal Jan 26, 1990; 117:2 p. 56-58
McNeill, John J, , Advocate Jan 2, 1990; :541 p. 61
Griffin, David R., "Ordination for Homosexuals,
Yes", Encounter 40 (1979), 265-72
Greeley, Andrew, and R. Schoener, The Catholic
Priest in the United States: Sociological Investigations,
(Washington DC: United States Catholic Conference, 1972)
Greeley, Andrew, "Bishops Paralyzed over Heavily
Gay Priesthood ", National Catholic Reporter Nov 10,
1989; 26:4 p. 13-14
[Abstract from electonic database]: A double standard on celibacy
is one result of the development of a heavily homosexual priesthood.
The Roman Catholic church leadership is not responding to the
issue, and it is said that this makes the church guilty of destroying
everything for which the Catholic priesthood once stood.
Guidon, Andre, The Sexual Creators, (Lanham
MD: The University Press of America, 1986)
See chapters 7 and 8.
Guirdham, Arthur, Christ and Freud: A Study in
Religious Experience and Observance, (London: Allen and Unwin,
"Homosexuality in Clericalism", pp 122-28
Hilgeman, John P., "The sycamore is not the
only kind of tree outside my window", in Homosexuality
in priesthood & religious life; J Gramick, ed 1989 p181-193
Hogman, John, 'Homosexuality, sexual ethics and ordination", Touchstone: Heritage and Theology in a New Age 3 No 2 p4-14,
ABSTRACT: There are a small number of persons in the church and
society who find a homosexual orientation to be a given in their
lives. This does not negate, however, the principal of complementarity
and of a heterosexual structure for human sexuality. The basic
norm within the Christian tradition governing sexual relationships
is heterosexual marriage. This norm is based on three interconnecting
arguments: the reading of the will of the creator for creation,
an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of people
for life commitments and relationships; and an understanding of
the needs of our social structures, particularly those related
to child bearing. The first and third of these preclude the development
of Christian understanding of homosexual marriage. However, there
are some guidelines that can be identified for socially tolerable
homosexual relationships. The ordained person within the Christian
church serves in a representative role not only for the words
and liturgy of the church but also of its value and the shape
of its discipleship. Therefore, since the church has a basic norm
governing sexual relationships all those ordained should be prepared
to follow that pattern of behaviour.
Honeffer, August, Der Priester, seine Vergangenheit
und sine Zukunft, 2 vols. (Jena: Euegn Diederichs, 1912)
Vol. 2 discusses homosexuality among priests.
Hooydunk, Jan van, ed., Homo en pastor, (Amersfoort:
De Horstink, 1983)
Based on a survey of 350 Utrecht diocese priests.
Huddleston, Mary Anne, "Sex, Sense and the Celibate
Priesthood America Dec 1, 1990; 163:17 p. 422-425
[Abstract from electronic database]:The issue of celibacy in the
priesthood is analyzed. Optional marriage will not necessarily
resolve the clerical vocation crisis. Many normal men do find
peace in celibate priesthood.
"'If you don't know what hurts me, how can you
truly love me?' ", National Catholic Reporter Dec
18, 1992; 29:8 p. 14-15
[Abstract from electonic database]: An unsigned open letter to
the pope from a gay priest who is on a leave of absence from the
ministry is presented in light of the pope's letter of Jun 25,
1992 to the", US Catholic bishops. In that letter, the pope
urged the", US Catholic Bishops to ", Advocate legal
discrimination against gays and lesbians under certain circumstances.
The anonymous gay priest shares his own personal
Johnson, Toby, "Monks, Mystics & Men's Communities", OUT-LOOK Summer 1988; 1:2 p. 75-79
[Abstract from electronic database]:Celibacy, a word borrowed
from the monastic tradition, has come to mean among gay men the
decision not to be sexually active. Christian sex-negative attitudes
in the culture cause people to view celibacy as a great sacrifice.
Kenkelen, Bill, "Gay Ordination no flash in
the pan", National Catholic Reporter 26:8 F 2 1990
Kenkelen, Bill, "Gay Rights Efforts Embroiling
Church and Gay Priests ", National Catholic Reporter Oct 5, 1990; 26:43 p. 6
[Abstract from electonic database]: Gay rights and the involvement
of the Catholic church in issues of homosexuality are explored.
While acceptance of homosexuality is increasing, hate crimes
and violence is growing. Reaction to gay priests is discussed.
Kenkelen, Bill, "For Philly's Gay Priests, Life
in the Shadows ", National Catholic Reporter Oct 5,
1990; 26:43 p. 5-7
[Abstract from electonic database]: Gay priests in the Philadelphia
archdiocese, the nation's fourth-largest, are profiled. Sociologists
estimate that 20% of the nation's priests are homosexual if Philadelphia
is typical. Gay priests must hide their identity outside the
city's gay subculture, which is explored from the priests's perspective.
Kraft, William F., Sexual Dimensions of the Celibate
Life, (Kansas City KN: Sheed, Andrews and McMeel, 1979)
See, "Homogenitalism", pp 151-62
Kraft, William F., "Homosexuality and Religious
Life", Review for Religious 40 (1981), 370-81
Kropinak, W., "Homosexuality and Religious Life"
in Robert Nugent, ed., A Challenge to Love, (New York:
Lefevere, Patricia, "Religious Gather to Discuss
Gay Issues", National Catholic Reporter Oct 20, 1989;
26:1 p. 3-4
[Abstract from electronic database]:The Friars of the Atonement
Novitiate conference organized by the Catholic Coalition drew
125 people to discuss homosexuality among Catholic clergy and
nuns. The conference was characterized as open and educational
with a focus on human dignity.
Lynch, Bernard, A priest on trial, (London
: Bloomsbury, 1993)
Account by Fr. Bernard Lynch SMA, of the efforts, aided by the
Arcdiocese of New York, to have him charged with child molestation,
a charge he defeated in court, and after which the judge reprimanded
the District Attorney's office for its part in the witchhunt.
McBrien, Richard P, "Homosexuality & the
Priesthood", Commonweal Jun 19, 1987; 114:12 p. 380-383
[Abstract from electonic database]: An examination of the questions
that have been brought to light concerning gay priests and gay
seminarians is provided. Among the list of questions that need
to be answered are how many gay priests/seminarians there are
and how many are sexually active.
Nugent, Robert, "Homosexuality, celibacy, religious
life and ordination", in Homosexuality and the Catholic
Church; ed by J Gramick, 1983 p89-120
Nugent, Robert, "Homosexuality and seminary
candidates", in Homosexuality in priesthood & religious
life; J Gramick, ed, 1989 p200-218
Osborn, Ronald E.,, "Ordination for Homosexuals:
A Negative Answer Qualified by Some Reflections", Encounter 40 (1979), 245-63
Osting, Richard N, "The Battle Over Gay Clergy", Time Nov 13, 1989; 134:20 p. 89-90
[Abstract from electonic database]: Demands for toleration of
homosexuality in the clergy is shaking many North", American
churches. A lesbian couple is about to be ordained in the Lutheran
Church and reports of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic clergy
Pennington, Basil, OCSO, "Vocation Discernment
and the Homosexual" in Robert Nugent, ed., A Challenge
to Love, (New York: Crossroad, 1981), 235-44
Rabinowitz, Seymour, "Developmental Problems
in Catholic Seminarians", Psychiatry 32 (1969), 107-17
Sees homsexuality as a psychopatholgy of seminary life.
Ryland, Tim, "Therapist says gay ministries
subvert doctrine ", National Catholic Reporter May
7, 1993; 29:27 p. 14-15
[Abstract from electonic database]: In an interview, Joseph Nicolosi
discusses homosexuality, the priesthood and his work as a psychotherapist
of homosexual priests. Nicolosi says gay ministry offices, such
as the one in Los Angeles, subvert Catholic teachings.
Salm. L. FSC, "The Vow of Chastity and Moral
Theology Today", in Martin Helldorfer, ed., Sexuality:
A Seminar on Sexuality and Brotherhood, (Lockport IL: Christian
Brothers Conference, 1977)
Argues for acceptance of "genital sexual activity as morally
Schweickert, Jeanne, "God calls, religious orders
respond", In Homosexuality in priesthood & religious
life; J Gramick, ed, 1989 p237-245
Sipe, A. W. Richard, A Secret World : Sexuality
and the Search for Celibacy, (New York : Brunner/Mazel, c1990)
A study of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church. The " Practice
Versus the Profession" section delves into the specific areas
of celibacy/sexuality among priests: heterosexuality, homosexuality,
masturbation, pedophilia, etc.
Gill, James J, Commonweal Feb 8, 1991; 118:3 p.
Kelly, James R, Contemporary Sociology Jul 1991; 20:4
Sipe, A. W. Richard, "Celibacy and imagery:
'Horror story' in the making ", National Catholic Reporter Jul 2, 1993; 29:33 p. 5
[Abstract from electronic database]:Muddled and distorted thinking
and practice in the areas of celibacy and sexuality have caused
much heartache for Catholic clergy. The argument that celibacy
is required for the priest because he offers the Eucharist is
Sipe, A. W. Richard, Sex, Priests and Power, (New York: Bruner/Mazel Publishers, 1995)
Spohn, Gustav, "Gay Priests, Nuns Weigh How
to Reconcile Sexuality with Demands of Church", Washington
Post 10/14/89 ; sec. C p. 16 c. 1
ABSTR: The growing number of homosexuals in Catholic religious
orders who are admitting to their sexual orientation are trying
to acknowledge their own sexuality and still remain faithful servants
of the church.
"Stallings Denies Charge of a Homosexual Relationship", Jet Sep 25, 1989; 76:25 p. 38
[Abstract from electronic database]:George A. Stallings Jr, the
Black Catholic priest who had his priestly functions suspended
when he defied orders not to establish an unauthorized "African-American
Catholic congregation," has denied charges of a homosexual
relationship with a 16-year-old altar boy.
Stuart, Elizabeth, Chosen : Gay Catholic Priests
Tell Their Stories, (London ; New York, NY : G. Chapman, 1993).
Unsworth, Tim, "In the 1990s, seminaries still
struggling to come to terms with sexuality issues", National
Catholic Reporter May 13, 1994; 30:28 p. 9-12
[Abstract from electronic database]:Catholic seminaries continue
the struggle to come to terms with the issues surrounding sex.
Many seminaries have become up to 50% homosexual, and there is
a great deal of tension between the homosexual and heterosexual
Wagner, Richard, OMI Gay Catholic Priests : A
Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance, (San Francisco
CA: Specific Press, c1981)
Windsor, Pat, "Study: 'Half of U.S. Priests
Slipped on Celibacy' ", National Catholic Reporter Aug 24, 1990; 26:38 p. 6
[Abstract from electronic database]:A study on priesthood and
celibacy reports that half of US Catholic priests have been sexually
active during their priesthood. The study characterized the church's
view of sexuality as immature and underdeveloped. It is said
that the celibacy issue will not be resolved until it is openly
discussed in the Christian community.
Wolf, James G., ed. Gay priests, (San Francisco
: Harper & Row, c1989).
The book consists of a long chapter discussing the results of
a survey of 101 gay priests, followed by four chapters, written
anonymously, by gay priests. Wolf estimates 40-60% of the American
RC clergy are gay, with a higher percentage among seminary students.
Blauner, Bob, American Journal of Sociology May
1991; 96:6 p. 1602-1603
Kennedy, Eugene, Commonweal Jan 26, 1990; 117:2 p. 56-58
MacLeod, James Michael, "Religion: Gay Priests", Library
Journal Jan 1990; 115:1 p. 115
McNeill, John J, , Advocate Jan 2, 1990; :541 p. 61
Woods, Richard, Gay Christians,Theology, Ministry
and Spirituality, (Chicago, Ill. : Thomas More Association,
[between 1970 and 1979]). 2 sound cassettes.
Woods, Richard, OP,"Gay Candidates, the Religious
Life and the Priesthood", Call to Growth/Ministry IV:4 (Summer 1979), 24-34
Says their is no intrinsic reason gay and lesbian candidates
should not be admitted to the ministry and religious life.
Woodward, Kenneth L, "Gays in the Clergy", Newsweek Feb 23, 1987; 109:8 p. 58-60
[Abstract from electronic database]:Catholic and Protestant churches
are being forced to acknowledge that some of their clergy are
not only practicing homosexuals but in need of church support.
The controversy over the issue is described.
Boyd, Malcolm, Look back in joy: A Celebration
of Gay Lovers, (San Francisco : Gay Sunshine Press, 1981)
Boyd, Malcolm, Gay Priest: An Inner Journey,
(New York: St. Martins Press, 1986)
Autobiography of a gay Episcopalian Priest.
Stuttaford, Genevieve, "Nonfiction--Gay Priest Publishers Weekly Aug 29, 1986; 230:9 p. 381
Boyd, Malcolm, "Telling a Lie for Christ"
in Mark Thompson, ed. Gay Spririt: Myth and Meaning, (New
York: St Martins Press, 1987), 78-87
Boyd, Malcolm, Take off the masks : the classic
spiritual autobiography : revised, with a new epilogue, (San
Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993)
Bull, Chris, "Judas Priest? Gay Cleric's Coarse
Talk About Mother Teresa Lands Him in Hot Water", Advocate:
Mar 13, 1990; :546 p. 8-10
[Abstract from electronic database]:Robert Williams,
a newly ordained gay Episcopal priest, was forced to resign his
ministry for challenging church teachings about sexuality. The
controversy surrounding his remarks is discussed.
Clark, Joe, "Gay Priest Fights the Anglican
Church", Advocate: Mar 24, 1992; :599 p. 53
[Abstract from electronic database]:The internal
church court trial of Jim Ferry, a 39-year-old Anglican priest
who is charged with violating church guidelines by maintaining
a gay relationship while in the priesthood, is discussed. Ferry
claims that the church is punishing him for being open about his
sexuality and is perpetrating a "conspiracy of silence".
Ferry, James, In the Courts of the Lord: A Gay
Priest's Story, (1994)
Kriz, L, Library Journal Feb 15, 1994; 119:3
Fletcher, Ben C., Clergy under stress : a study
of homosexual and heterosexual clergy in the Church of England,
(London : Mowbray, 1990)
"Gay Priest Resigns", Christian Century Feb 7, 1990; 107:5 p. 119
[Abstract from electronic database]:J. Robert Williams,
a self-avowed practicing homosexual, has resigned from the Oasis,
the Diocese of Newark's ministry to gays and lesbians. Williams'
ordination in Dec 1989 had been denounced by traditionalist Episcopalians.
"Gay Ordination Criticized", Christian
Century Mar 7, 1990; 107:8 p. 240-241
[Abstract from electronic database]:Presiding Bishop
Edmond Browning and the top leaders of the Episcopal Church criticized
the ordination of Robert Williams, an openly homosexual noncelibate
priest. Williams was ordained by Bishop John Spong on Dec 16,
Heyward, Carter, "Coming Out: Journey wothout
Maps", Christianity and Crisis 39:10 (June 22 1979),
By a Lesbian faculty member and priest at the Episcopal
Kratt, Mary, "Church 'Always Resistant to Change'", Christian Century 97 (1980), 237-38
Lesbian priest visits home church.
Michaud, Christopher, "Hot Under the Collar:
Dissident Episcopal Priest Raises More Cain ", Advocate:
Mar 27, 1990; :547 p. 12-14
[Abstract from electronic database]:The ordination
of Robert Williams as the first openly non-celibate gay Episcopal
priest sparked waves of controversy. He discusses his views on
sexual behavior and church doctrine in an interview.
Petrow, Steven, "A Book of Common Sense", Advocate: Jul 14, 1992; :607 p. 77
[Abstract from electronic database]:Robert Williams,
an openly gay, sexually active Episcopal priest who was discharged
from his duties after some highly inflammatory remarks about monogamy
and sex, is profiled, and his new book on gay Chrisitianity, "Just
as I Am: A Practical Guide to Being Out, Proud, and Christian,"
"Princeton declaration opposes ordaining gays", Christian Century Jun 2, 1993; 110:18 p. 592-593
[Abstract from electronic database]:More than 100
people affiliated with Princeton Theological Seminary, including
three top administrators, have signed a declaration supporting
the Presbyterian Church USA's stand against the ordination of
practicing homosexuals. Christian ministry is not a civil right;
therefore, ordination of homosexuals is not a civil right.
Scott, David. A., "Ordaining a Homosexual Person:
A Policiy Proposal", St. Luke's Journal of Theology 212:3 (June 1979), 185-96
ABSTRACT: The author states and defends a policy
concerning the ordination of homosexuals in the Episcopal Church.
The author's proposed policy is three-fold: not to ordain practising
and advocating homosexuals; to ordain otherwise qualified non-practising
or advocating homosexuals; that decisions regarding ordination
be made at the church's diocesan, not national, level. The author
defends the proposed policy by resulting arguments alleging loss
of able clergy, promotion of homophobia, denial of civil rights.
He defends the proposed policy by appeal to scientific opinion
about homosexuality, by appeal to clergy as role models, and
by appeal to the Bible's authorization of heterosexual love. OK
if cleric remains in the closet!
Sherwood, Zalmon O., "On being a gay priest", The Witness 68 No 9 p20+ September 1985
Sherwood, Zalmon O, Kairos, confessions of a gay
priest, (Boston : Alyson Publications, 1987)
Mutter, John, Publishers Weekly Feb 27, 1987;
231:8 p. 160
Spong, John S, "A Priest Dies of AIDS", Christian Century Oct 24, 1990; 107:30 p. 959-960
[Abstract from electronic database]:An editorial
notes that Christians should be aware that as a society and a
church our words, deeds, denial, rejection, dishonesty and violence
kill our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters every day. The
experience of a gay priest is recounted.
Walter, Dave, "Losing Faith in a Gay Priest", Advocate: Mar 13, 1990; :546 p. 30
[Abstract from electronic database]:Episcopal priest
Robert Williams sparked controversy by attacking the church's
views on sexuality. The position that this kind of scandal was
uncalled for and unproductive is argued.
White, Gayle, "Episcopalians Stand Pat on Homosexuality", The Christian Century. Aug 7 1991 v 108:23,
After intense debate on issues relating to homosexuality--including
ordination of gay people and blessing of same-sex unions--the
Episcopalians at their General Convention in Phoenix largely
reaffirmed the ambiguous status quo. Reporting on that
debate is Gayle White, who covers religion for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Williams, Robert, Just As I Am : A Practical Guide
to Being Out, Proud, and Christian, (New York: Farrar Straus
& Giroux, 1993)
Combined biography and essays by the openly gay
man ordained a priest by Bishop John Spong of the Anglcan diocese
Stuttaford, Genevieve, Publishers Weekly Apr 6, 1992; 239:17 p. 42
Olson, Ray, , Booklist May 1, 1992; 88:17
Woodward, Kenneth L, "The Fall of a Gay Priest", Newsweek Feb 12, 1990; 115:7 p. 61
[Abstract from electronic database]:Robert Williams,
a gay priest in the Episcopal Church, has resigned from his post
as executive director of The Oasis. His remarks about celibacy
and monogamy got him into trouble.
Younger, Jeremy, "The Freedom to Love", New Statesman Feb 26, 1988; 115:2970 p. 14-15
[Abstract from electronic database]:Jeremy Younger,
a gay priest of the Church of England, writes about the factors
involved in his decision to resign as a priest.
C: Other Christian
Anderson, Mary Williams, "Chaplain to a Priesthood", Christian Century Sep 19, 1990; 107:26 p. 824-825
[Abstract from electronic database]:The experience
of a minister who served as co-chaplain of the North American
Assembly of Lutherans Concerned, a ministry of gay and lesbian
people, is reported in an editorial.
Aquino, Jorge, "Gay Issues Kept Alive for Presbyterians", The Christian Century, Feb. 05 1992 v 109:5, p.117
In calling a gay pastor, a Rochester, New York,
church has put the ordination of homosexuals on the front
burner for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Bieber, Kenneth P.; Bond, Dale R., "Homosexuality
and ordination", Engage/Soc Act, 4 (February-March
"Big church battles over gay clergy" Time, Nov13 1989 v 134:20, p.89
As Lutherans brace for the ordination of a lesbian
couple, Catholics face new reports indicating widespread
homosexuality among priests. Can-and should-the age-old
barrier be dropped In:
Bewster, Ralph Henry, The 6000 Beards of Athos,
(London: L and V Woolf, 1935)
Contains info on the exclusively male Monastic republic
Braun, Theodore A, "When a Church Supports a
Lesbian Seminarian", Christian Century May 17, 1989;
106:17 p. 516-517
[Abstract from electronic database]:A lesbian seminarian
had her stipend from the church taken away when she admitted her
homosexuality. Her local church supported her in compliance with
the spirit of the national policy of the United Church of Christ.
Burton, Garlinda, "Statement defines "self-avowed
practicing" (W Penn conf clarifies ordination standards re:
homosexuality).", Chr Social Action 4:34-35 (February 1991)
Carroll, William, "God as Unloving Father", Christian Century Mar 6, 1991; 108:8 p. 255-256
[Abstract from electronic database]:In an editorial,
a gay clergyman says that his conversion experience required that
he accept himself as God created him and not as something he was
Churchill, Allen D., "A second response to "Homosexuality,
sexual ethics and ordination", in Touchstone: Heritage
and Theology in a New Age, 3 No 2 p22-27, May 1985
Denman, Rose Mary, Let my people in : a lesbian
minister tells of her struggles to live openly and maintain her
ministry, (New York : Morrow, 1990)
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2, 1990; 50:10 p. 230-231
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114:20 p. 128-129
DiMaria-Kuiper, Johannes W. , Hot under the collar
: self-portrait of a gay pastor, (Columbia, Mo. : Mercury
Early, Tracy, "The Struggle in Denominations:
Shall Gays Be Ordained?", Christianity and Crisis 37:9/10 (May 30 1977), 118-22
Survey of Protestant churches.
Glaser, Chris., Uncommon Calling : a gay man's
struggle to serve the Church, (San Francisco : Harper &
Gaul, Barbara; Moore, Robert M., "Climate of
readiness for gay ordination", The Christian Century 95 ( May 3 1978), 475-76
Howie, Bill, "Video Reviews -- God, Gays, and
the Gospel / A Lesbian in the Pulpit", Library Journal Mar 1, 1992; 117:4 p. 131
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sexual ethics and ordination", Touchstone: Heritage and
Theology in a New Age 3 No 2 p28-31 May 1985
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By first openly ordained gay pastor of the United
Church of Christ.
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[Abstract from electronic database]:In an interview,
Peter J. Gomes, minister of the Memorial Church at Harvard College,
discusses the reasons he spoke out against the ideas published
by "Peninsula," coming out and being gay and Christian.
"Ministry and Sexuality", Christian
Century May 4, 1988; 105:15 p. 449
[Abstract from electronic database]:Three gay candidates
for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have
ingnited a controversy that has resulted in a ruling that in the
future candidates will be asked more explicit questions about
their sexual lives.
Perry, Troy, with Charles L. Lucas, The Lord is
My Shepherd and He Knows I am Gay, (Austin TX: Liberty Press,
1987, first ed. Nash Press, 1972)
Autobiography and account of his organizational
activities by founder of the Metropolitan Community Church.
Pifer, John, "A Church Divided" Maclean's Sep 5, 1988; 101:37 p. 56
[Abstract from electronic database]:The issue of
whether or not to ordain homosexuals as ministers has divided
the United Church of Canada.
Plowman, Edward E., "Sexuality and ministry", Christianity Today 19 p28-30 January 31 1975
Rogers, Jack, "Sex, Philosophy, and Politics:
How and What the Church Must Decide in the Debate over the Ordination
of Homosexuals", in Jeffrey S. Siker, ed., Homosexuality
in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate, (Louisville KY: Westminster
John Knox Press, 1994), 161-177
Schaper, Donna, "Stepping stones: sex and secrets
in Sackville (search committee conceals pastor's sexual orientation)", Christianity and Crisis 51:35-36 (February 18, 1991)
Schroder, Jorge, "Celibato; Homosexualidad;
Comunidades; La comunidad "Tierra"" In Familia
y sociedad; by R Couch, et al, 1975 p343-354;371-374
"Seminarian expelled", The Christian
Century 108 p617 June 12-19 1991
"Seminaries: glum over "gays"", Christianity Today 23 p42-43 December 15 1978
Ward, W. Ralph, "United Methodists Won't Ordain
Homosexuals", United Methodist Today 2:6 (June 1975),
By the bishop of the New York area - opposed to
Williamson, Clark M. (ed.), "Disciple theology:
ordination and homosexuality", Encounter (Indianapolis)
40 p197-272 Summer 1979
Wolff, Derek, "Keepers of the Keys", Maclean's May 1, 1989; 102:18 p. 20
[Abstract from electronic database]:Thirty-five
of Canada's 4,200 United Church congregations have seceded since
the United Church's general council decided to allow the ordination