The Heights reports today that Boston College theology professor John McDargh delivered a talk on campus in which he told attendees why he “never felt like same s@x attraction is unnatural.” The report says the talk titled “Boundary Crossing and the Journey of Faith: A Personal Account” was given as part of Boston College’s ”Agape Latte” series. We checked out the “Agape Latte” page on the College website and found that it is cosponsored by Campus Ministry. The Heights article recounts Professor McDargh’s comments on his homosexuality and why he left the Catholic Church. Here’s more from the article:
At Harvard, he said he learned what it felt like to “be on the margin.” He fell in love with his costar in a theater group, a man named Michael. Though he is hom@sexual, McDargh said he never felt ostracized from religion.
“The reason I never felt like same s@x attraction is unnatural is because when I met Michael, I felt like a duck in the Sahara, who had suddenly been brought to the Mediterranean, and said, ‘Oh, that’s what webbed feet are for,’” he said. At Harvard, McDargh met his partner of 30 years and expanded his knowledge of different views of God by occasionally attending Evangelist masses.
He was offered a job at Boston College in 1979, where he has worked since. It was during the 1980s that McDargh said he faced one of his greatest “zags” in life. For the GLBTQ community, that time was marked by the AIDS epidemic. “It was a time where at mass when you were ask to remember the dead you couldn’t get through it all,” he said. “I had buried more people and attended the death of more people then I ever thought I would.”
It was in the midst of this turmoil that he eventually broke from the Catholic Church, when the healing liturgies in his church aimed at helping people with AIDS was canceled by his pastor. “I think it was not because the pastor wanted it to be, because he was told to,” he said.
“After that, I couldn’t go there anymore. You have to find a place where you are welcome, that challenges and supports you. You need to find the community where you can live and the community where you can die.” He is now Episcopalian.
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