Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism

Sexual Authenticity An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh sincere perspective Her intensely personal reflectio

  • Title: Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism
  • Author: Melinda Selmys
  • ISBN: 9781592764938
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh, sincere perspective Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaksColumnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh, sincere perspective Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaks directly to every Christian who has experienced same sex attraction or knows someone who has.In addition to her personal story of exchanging secular lesbianism for Catholicism and resolving her own inner conflicts, the author presents an enlightening analysis of history, social theory, and media influence on the subject of homosexuality She refutes much of the clumsy theorizing and junk science common to both sides of the debate, effectively bridging gaps between perception and reality Selmys addresses the complexities surrounding sexual identity with pronounced compassion, adding a practical discussion of the Theology of the Body to complete the circle from a Catholic perspective.This groundbreaking book expertly walks the fine line between divisiveness and platitudes a must read for everyone who has ever felt ambiguous about the Church s stance on homosexuality.
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    • Tessa says:

      Such a necessary read. Melinda writes with compassion and insight, as well as with humor, vulnerability, and yes, authenticity, on such a vital topic. I'm left with a lot to think, write, and pray about.

    • Brett Salkeld says:

      Easy to read. Interesting. Contains some real gems, including the chapter on Children and a very clear and concise introduction to John Paul II's Theology of the Body.On the other hand, idiosyncratic (which I could deal with if it were not also), a bit directionless and occasionally a touch self-indulgent.Selmys probably has the talent to write a very good book. I'm not sure she's done it yet.

    • Linda says:

      I really enjoyed the sequel to this but was disappointed in the original book. Her conversion story made me question whether she was ever really homosexual. Her lesbian relationship (and she only mentions one) seems to have consisted of a friendship with another woman who agreed to take turns acting out fantasies. There appears to have been no real preference, just that her male partners were less compliant. It doesn't sound as if giving up sex for God was that much of a sacrifice since she soon [...]

    • Raul says:

      I am left speechless by this masterful, honest piece of work. Ms. Selmys is an incredible author and highly intelligent while remaining artistic in her presentation concerning her difficult journey.

    • Aaron Smith says:

      Melinda is a brilliant and thoughtful writer, and tackles a difficult subject with a modicum of sensitivity. However, while she introduces some personal anecdotes, some of them she stretches too far in order to apply them to things which they don't. This book basically explicates basic Catholic doctrine, and, as such, there is no new thought, just well explicated Catholic thought (not necessarily a weakness, just don't look for new insights.) The book also seems to lack a coherent structure at t [...]

    • Claire Gilligan says:

      This is my favorite kind of nonfiction: part memoir, part facts, tackling a controversial issue with vulnerable honestly and challenging both sides in the process. I'd forgotten quite how good this book was, and am looking forward to reading its sequel!

    • Ben Geib says:

      Poetically and with great prose, "Sexual Authenticity" serves as a memoir on the author's transition between homosexuality to Catholicism. Crafting a theology of homosexuality is not the point, rather scattered thoughts on homosexuality's tendrils in everyday culture.

    • Erin Henry says:

      She is an incredibly smart and gifted writer. There was a lot more philosophy and great thinking on life and gender in general than I was expecting. Even if you don't agree with her, as most non-Catholics won't, it's worth the read.

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