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One of the most prolific of the new school is Joshua Gonnerman who is studying for a Ph D at Catholic University in Washington DC.
He, too, believes in gay-exceptionalism; there are many things he finds valuable about his experience of being gay, and considers that same-sex desire can be a gift to the Church, a sign of contradiction.
Elizabeth Scalia, who is not gay, came to prominence under the nom de blog The Anchoress and is now the editor of the Catholic portal at Patheos.
Her brother was gay and died from AIDs and she is perhaps the Momma Bear of the New Homophiles.
Tushnet says she is in love with the Church, its “beauty and sensual glamour.” She loves the Church’s “insistence that seemingly irreconcilable needs could both be met in God’s overwhelming love: justice and mercy, reason and mystery, a savior who is fully God and also fully human.” Tushnet is a true believer but she also speaks fondly in remembrance of her own lesbian experiences.
All this is enough to give faithful Catholics vertigo.
Chris Damian points to the intense friendship John Henry Newman had with another priest, going so far as insist he and the priest be buried together. Some claim he was gay though gays have a penchant for claiming historical figures as gay, often with little real evidence.
Recall John was the “one whom Jesus loved” and who laid his head on Jesus’ chest, something if done today would clearly be considered gay.
But here they are playing with the hottest of fires.
At Yale she came into contact with what’s called the Party of the Right, a part of the Yale Political Union, and the birthing place of many noted conservatives.
She told New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer that the Catholics she met at the Party of the Right taught that the presence of sin does not “mean you are bad” but that “It means you have a chance to come back and repent and be saved.” Tushnet is out, proud, celibate, and a Catholic faithful to the Magisterium.