Hello again everyone!
I’ll bet some of you are surprised to hear from me again so soon. While others are probably wondering, “what in the world does he mean by ‘hello AGAIN’?”
Last week when I sent out my rather breathless email titled: Help me celebrate the publication of my latest book!, I inadvertently sent it out using my publisher’s name and email address instead of my own. Apparently many of you dismissed the email as junk, because you didn’t recognize the sender’s name, or it automatically went to your spam folder where it languished and perished.
Allow me to briefly repeat last week’s announcement. I am delighted to announce that my new book: SECRECY, SOPHISTRY AND GAY SEX IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH; The Systematic Destruction Of An Oblate Priest, has been published.
But wait, there’s more good news.
- The soft cover version of the book is now available on all the Amazon sites around the world — UK, France, Germany, Canada and Japan.
- For all you really trendy folks out there, the Kindle version of the book is now available in the US and will be available worldwide by 07/6/11.
Like I said last week, I welcome your comments and thoughts. It’s been so heartwarming to hear from so many of you already. And remember if/when you buy the book on Amazon you are entitled to write a review. Reviews boost me in the ratings. And if I get a dozen good reviews I’ll be, in the immortal words of Marlon Brando, “a contenda”. 😉
STUDY: Homophobes claimed they were straight… “But, their penises reported otherwise.” http://t.co/S42MSQS
Welcome to HEAR OUR VOICES! This is the blog section of gaycatholicpriests.org.
I’m hoping that as we get going here we’ll find the courage to speak, anonymously, if must be, but speak nonetheless. I hope that in time, and with the help of others, like you, we’ll be able to make this site a clearing house for all issues that impact on our lives as gay clergy and those of our non-clerical brothers.
If, as some have suggested, gay men comprise up to 60% of the ranks of the Roman Catholic priesthood, then I think it is high time we begin to take our rightful place at the table. I think this will only happen if we learn from each other, support each other, challenge each other and through this interaction make the alliances we’ll need to become the activists we must.
Again, in time, I hope to be able to incorporate a social networking component to this site, to facilitate us getting to know one another better. If any of you have resources to bring to this common effort, I’d sure like to hear from you.
I feel as thought I am better situated than many of you to launch a site like this, because of my status as a gay priest, but one that no longer publically functions in that capacity. I am happily beyond the ecclesiastical reprisals a lot of you still fear. But I am still painfully aware of the spiritual isolation and emotional distress that we experience as gay men in the church. My 13-year battle with the Oblates Of Marry Immaculate to save my ministry, after the publication of my doctoral thesis: Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance, in 1981 have left its scars.
So, let’s make this happen, shall we?
I welcome your thoughts and comments…prayers would be nice too.
Richard Wagner, Ph.D.