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Life in Paradox: The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest

Life in Paradox: The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest (Paperback)

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No issue divides the Christian community more than homosexuality. Father Paul Murray's 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.Murray's 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.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian life & practice Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Publication Date: 08/05/2008 ISBN-13: 9781846941122  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Paul Edward Murray is a Catholic priest and cultural anthropologist. During the 1990s he became Washington's first openly gay priest and worked extensively there in ministry in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community. In 1998 he relocated to Bard College, where he teaches religion and ministers as Catholic Chaplain. He lives in Annondale-on-Hudson, NY.

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