Friday, June 1, 2012

Rejecting Repentance

Richard Giannone
Richard Giannone’s new book, Hidden: Reflections on Gay Life, AIDS, and Spiritual Desire. Giannone is a Professor Emeritus at Fordham. His book’s title strongly suggests its contents; it describes the quest of a man to find spiritual acceptance with his ex-priest gay lover, for the sake of whom he ended six years of sexual abstinence. It also describes the author's personal growth in caring over the years for two elderly women, one with dementia (his mother), and perhaps even a growing recognition of God. I do not mean to minimize this suffering, this service, or this recognition. 
But Giannone is determined to recast God to suit himself, holding Him apart from the moral teachings of His Church, which he rejects with the standard clichés. God definitely enters the picture only on the author’s terms, and Giannone’s conclusion, on the last page, is by now predictable: “God will have to take me as I am and evermore shall be. For him who dined with sinners, tax collectors, and the uncircumcised who did not follow Mosaic law, that should be no obstacle.” 
Here, then, is a thoroughly contemporary man, mired in the spirituality of changing cultures, accepting sin but rejecting repentance—the quitessential modern figure who has refused “to repent and believe the Gospel” (Mk 1:15). Unsurprisingly, therefore, the book is endorsed as a “classic in the revered genre of spirituality”, placed in the same class as Thomas Merton’s Seven Story Mountain, by the Jesuit Mark Massa of Boston College. And naturally his book is proudly published by Fordham University Press.
Link (here) to Catholic Culture to read the lengthy and thought provoking piece

20 comments:

Katy Anders said...

I am going to have a look at this book.

I am always interested in spirituality that grows in atypical soils. Might be a bad analysis, in the end. But I trust myself to be able to tell...

Anonymous said...

Disgusting. Can't these tinkerbells find a state university to teach at?

Anonymous said...

he "he ended six years of sexual abstinence" - ok - I have to go vomit

Anonymous said...

What will you do with your vomit?

Anonymous said...

"What will you do with your vomit?"


the guy who wrote that is mad that priests can't marry other dudes

Anonymous said...

No, the most conservative ones I know just carry on closeted gay lifestyles and preach against gay & lesbian rights.

Anonymous said...

The gayest ones I know assume everyone else is gay too. If someone thinks the gay agenda is bad for society and the church, they'll automatically say "that person must be secretly gay".

Newsflash for tinkerbell: your mental defect is not as widespreaad as you wish

Anonymous said...

Travis Bickle writes on this blog.

Anonymous said...

You know, those men who express homophobic views tend to have unresolved homoerotic feelings.

Anonymous said...

You know, those homosexuals who think everyone must be a secret gay if they speak un-pc truths about homsexuality are in denial. Its not good for society or the church to try to equate pro-creating with mentally defective men buggering each other.

Anonymous said...

mentally defective men buggering each other.

what about m-f doing that?

Pls. don't be afraid to explore your homoerotic feelings.

Anonymous said...

Pay attention, princess. "m-f doing that" is pro-creation.

PS: Why did you want to be a priest? So you could wear fabulous vestment gowns?

Anonymous said...

"m-f doing that" is pro-creation.

Not if it's sodomy silly.

The most conservative priests I know lead the closeted gay life. I feel so sorry that they must deny their sexuality.

Anonymous said...

Someone who becomes a priest under false premises is not really a priest. If these priests think its ok for them to bugger each other, then they're not Catholic. Closet gays in the priesthood are much bigger enemies of the church than any outsiders who attack it (for example: anti-Catholic atheist activists)

Anonymous said...

"Someone who becomes a priest under false premises is not really a priest."

Actually, that's not true. And what do you mean by "false premises"?

The funniest thing you wrote was that if you are gay you cannot be Catholic!

I now realize that your posts have been in jest. Well done!

Anonymous said...

How sad. The 'spiritual' growth is that of the demonic that tries to rationalize sin.

Yes, one can have SSA and be Catholic but can not live the lifestyle of homosexuality.

The most important thing in life is not sex nor pleasure; the most important thing is striving for heaven. Please know this: your soul depends on it.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, don't touch yourself!

Anonymous said...

If fruity priests were honest with their orders before ordination about that fact that they are swishes who have no intention of abstaining from fudge packing, they would never have been ordained. It's kind of like they were an atheist marxists and kept it a secret. It's kind of important information. A priest that faked his way into the priesthood is not a real priest. He is a mole or a fugazi.

Anonymous said...

Question for the fruity priest posting as "anonymous". If a fugazi priest thinks he is a woman in a mans body and gets a sex change, does he automatically become a nun?

Anonymous said...

A priest that faked his way into the priesthood is not a real priest. He is a mole or a fugazi.

You're not very bright are you? Pls. think carefully about your obsession with gay men. . . perhaps seek some therapy? Come to terms with your own homoerotic desires? You are in my prayers.