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Queer and Catholic: A Life of Contradiction Hardcover – 28 Sep 2017
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'Funny, moving and powerful.' --Nick Robinson
'Mark Dowd relates his struggles and triumphs with such levity and charm that it feels like correspondence from an old friend. It's fashionable to want to know how gay people feel, but perhaps less so to explore the mind of a sometimes struggling but always persisting Catholic.' --Matthew Parris
'How could you not love a book that finds room in its massive heart for both Oscar Romero and for Manchester's greatest drag queen, Foo Foo Lammar?' --Frank Cottrell Boyce
About the Author
Mark Dowd is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist who has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, The Times and the Guardian. His cutting-edge documentaries include Queer and Catholic, Abused and Catholic, Tsunami: Where was God? and God is Green. Dowd was raised a Roman Catholic and studied to be a priest at Blackfriars, Oxford before choosing a career in journalism.
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Given that the sex drive is hormonal and its direction genetic or chemical (the scientific jury is still out on this) it seems that the Church is blaming people ‘just for being what they are’, as ‘Galway Bay’ sings about the Irish. Mark Dowd quotes his mother as saying that if the Church had any sense they’d be using faithful gay Catholics as witnesses of faith, given all they have had to endure from the Church and from Society at large, instead of pretending that they don’t exist. This, for Mark Dowd and other gay people whose Catholicism runs through them like the lettering in Blackpool Rock, is the existential problem. They are the only group, out of all the sinners in the world, to be regarded as intrinsically flawed. The only way they can attain salvation is to deny their very God-given nature, unlike the heterosexual elite.
The Church’s attitude to homosexuality is a refusal to accept scientific evidence, just as it did with Galileo, and to fall back on abstract scholastic reasoning about ‘Natural Law'. Mark Dowd has never wished to leave the Church and has hung on despite everything. As with many of us, his experience with the Church at the personal level has been a far cry from the hard-faced official Church as exemplified by the American bishops mentioned above. Instead, his is an account of kindness and understanding shown by many priests both within the Dominican Order, which he tried to join until the contradictions in his life made that impossible, and in the wider Church. We all know and are grateful for the many priests who place their emphasis on humanity rather than abstract theorising.
This book is not a theological rant. It is a very enjoyable account of the ups and downs of a life being well-lived in recognition that Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Long may it irrepressibly continue.
The book is simply the life story of Mark Dowd and the relationship he has with the many facets of life which we all share - with our parents, with our friends, with out partners, with our beliefs and most importantly with ourselves.
Through the simple roll of life's dice Marks journey through life has found himself standing face to face with contradiction and discrimination and always he has been left having to stand with his own beliefs and feelings regardless of the outcome.
It is a fascinating and totally engrossing 'read' (I do wish I read books after hearing this as I'm sure the hardback is even better allowing your imagination to do the narrative - Mark himself reads the audio book).
This life story is completely open and honest and leaves you feeling very privileged to have been invited to share so many emotional, sad, hilarious, heartbreaking and thought provoking moments of his life.
A MUST READ
Other parts really touched my heart. Unrequited love, the frustrations of relationships, maddening passion, need for purpose, desire for acceptance, love and loss – memoirs of a very interesting life with its colourful spectrum of emotions so brilliantly expressed. I'm not gay but I totally related to so much of this! I guess also intrigued.
It was also really fascinating how the Catholic faith with its testing challenges and questions are woven in as an important aspect of his journey. It was really quite inspiring and thought provoking too.
Great memoir. Loved the audio which is spoken by the author. Loved how he takes off all the characters - brilliant!
Never too serious, there are laugh out loud moments in this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has a faith, not necessarily Catholicism. It really does strike a nerve and shows that it is still possible to be gay and Catholic.....well, most of the time!
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