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Life in Paradox

Life in Paradox

This personal odyssey and eventual self-acceptance of his homosexuality charts a radical transformation in Fr Murray's understandings of God, church, and society

Life in Paradox

This personal odyssey and eventual self-acceptance of his homosexuality charts a radical transformation in Fr Murray's understandings of God, church, and society

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Jul 25, 2008
978-1-84694-112-2

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Catholic, Gay studies, Sexuality & gender studies

Synopsis

No issue divides the Christian community more than homosexuality. Father Paul Murrays story provides an intimate look at life on both sides of the liberal/conservative divide that crosses through church and society alike. Ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975, Murray was first drawn to Roman Catholicism as a young man through association with prominent, traditionalist Catholic writers. His personal odyssey and eventual self-acceptance of his homosexuality chart a radical transformation in his understandings of God, church, and society. Murrays coming out engages and challenges several presumed dualities: between spirituality and sexuality, Catholicism and homosexuality, priesthood and freedom. His quest, as much interior journey as worldly exploration, finds its point of resolution where seeming opposites meet. The more deeply he accepts his gayness, Murray finds, the more does he realize the truth of life in Christ. This parable of freedom challenges deeply held assumptions about the boundaries between the sacred and the secular. Paul Edward Murray is a Catholic priest and cultural anthropologist. He teaches and ministers at Bard College, USA. No book sets out more clearly and urgently the tragedy and the prospects of the current crisis of Catholicism. Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College

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