Over the weekend, a friend encouraged me to watch this new documentary from Blackstone Films. I’m now convinced this is a must-watch for all Catholics, fallen-away Catholics, and anyone who has ever wondered about the Church’s teaching on same-sex attraction (so basically…everyone.).
You know you’re going to sit online for the next 35 minutes anyway. Might as well have this playing in the background. 🙂
*Bonus! The video features one of my favorite bloggers, Joseph Prever 🙂
[EDIT: I’VE SEEN SEVERAL PEOPLE UPSET BY THE FILM’S INCLUSION OF STORIES OF TROUBLED UPBRINGINGS. HERE’S MY RESPONSE:]
As I was watching I initially feared that the fact that some of those interviewed mention troubled childhoods might get in the way of the film’s overall message, and wondered if I should not share it on the blog because of that.
However, I think it’s unfair first of all to discredit those who had troubled pasts as being somehow “less gay” or not “authentically” gay. Their past is part of their story; and it would be incredibly insensitive to somehow sweep it under the rug as not important or out of some fear that it might “taint” the overall message of the film. These are people. Their stories matter.
I also took the fact that not everyone who appeared on camera shared a story about a troubled upbringing to mean that some of them likely, or at least very well could have, had a normal and healthy upbringing. Take Joseph—the man who mentioned some tough instances with his parents with regard to his identifying as gay—we clearly get the sense that he knew he was gay before his parents had a difficult time with it.
The fact is that all interviewed are gay. The why of it doesn’t matter so much. What matters is that they—like all of us—deserve and have the capacity to love as Christ loves. Love is the ultimate vocation of each of us.