Asserting myself while dating
Eve Tushnet may be the progenitor of the New Homophiles.The eccentric and often brilliant daughter of a non-observant Jewish Georgetown law professor and a Unitarian legal activist, Tushnet grew up in Washington DC and knew herself to be gay from a young age.This is why married men and priests who form intimate friendships with women often lose their way and ruin their vocations.Experts at lay celibacy include the Numeraries of Opus Dei.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.
And they believe being gay is part of God’s plan and vocation for them.Perhaps this is possible for Christ and for saints like Newman but for others it could be a serious problem.This is why married men should avoid intimate friendships with women and why priests should also.The New Homophiles believe because of their gayness they have a unique ability to build close friendships, something that is lacking in our modern age. Aelred of Rievault, a twelfth century Abbot and writer considered one of the Cistercian Fathers, who wrote a seminal work still read closely in Trappist monasteries, “On Spiritual Friendship.” Aelred has been adopted by many gays, some of whom celebrate his feast day.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.
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.