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The Sheepcat
Catholic commentary by a former gay activist and his wife
Interests: Catholicism, sexuality, life and family issues, music, liturgy, Toronto, Canada, history, books, culture, zany stuff not otherwise specified
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Thirty years ago today, on September 21, 1984, the first installment of a column on gay and lesbian issues was published by Imprint, the student newspaper at the University of Waterloo. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Sheepcat
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The WorldPride Parade will apparently be bigger than expected. What are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of its participants and supporters? Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at The Sheepcat
Thanks for your note, Mari. Yes, the isolation can be very hard. If you get the chance, I recommend you go to the Courage/EnCourage annual conference, where you can expect to find many kindred spirits and be uplifted by powerful witnesses. The next such conference is July 17–20 at Villanova University near Philadelphia. And if you haven't already done so, please join us in Charity, Clarity, Chastity, the worldwide event of prayer and fasting in reparation for WorldPride. The union of prayers is a great consolation.
Yes, LL, the blue Choice buttons were what I was originally thinking of. Congratulations! And yes, God redeems and makes use of all of my past.
Right you both are. Liz, it's fitting that your comment was posted twice. So The Hand of God goes to Binks. Liz, would you like Man's Search for Meaning? And there's still another duplicate no one has yet pointed out.
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Please join Charity, Clarity, Chastity, a global event of prayer and sacrifice in reparation for WorldPride Toronto. I once wrote a pioneering gay activist column, but now that I've found a love that satisfies, Pride no longer holds any allure for me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at The Sheepcat
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Young home-schooled friends of ours act in and narrate this uplifting 18-minute video of The Life Of St. Andre Bessette of Montreal, showing miraculous healings and the saint's devotion to St Joseph. Utterly charming! Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Sheepcat
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I entered into a "mixed-inclination marriage" well aware of my groom's history of same-sex relationships and encounters. The pioneering Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, co-founder of the Courage Apostolate, offered certain pastoral advice about such marriages. Here's how my husband and I responded. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at The Sheepcat
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If you've heard one of our talks which includes my own testimony, you'll know that a turning point came with my first encounter, at 19 turning 20, with an example of a sacramental marriage worth emulating. Today on the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, I'm posting the first part of a three-part series on the husband and wife behind that story. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at The Sheepcat
Why and how to join the second annual campaign of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in reparation for offences against charity, clarity, and chastity during LGBTQ+ Pride. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at The Sheepcat
Just to clarify about that "now-inactive blog" I mention in my covering note, it emphasized policy concerns from which we've withdrawn in order to focus on our pastoral outreach, and by "inactive" I meant "defunct." By contrast, The Sheepcat has merely been, well, inactive, but we'll have some more content for you very soon, so please do come back! Oh, and we too love Letters to Christopher.
Monica, thanks so much for your encouraging comment, which gave us a great spiritual consolation.
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In remembrance of my father, who would have turned 90 earlier this year, I am reposting (with slight alterations) this reflection I wrote in 2011 for a now-inactive blog. It was originally entitled, "A Prodigal Son Reflects on Father's Day." My father first realized something was amiss when he perceived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at The Sheepcat
Alessandra, you can cry censorship all you want, but this is a private blog, and we're under no obligation to give free rein to your hobby horses. We are responsible for what's on our blog, so we do not wish to provide links to yours. For the record, I share your impatience with certain liberal comboxers at FT. However, there is room for serious Catholics to disagree as to the best way to respond to them, just as there is room to investigate a variety of explanations of the origins of same-sex attraction. In this we take our lead from the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, not from self-appointed arbiters of Catholic truth. We don't mind disagreement in the combox, just disagreeableness. You have exhausted your welcome here. Goodbye.
On this Feast of the Holy Family, the patronal feast of our parish, I'm grateful to the Oratory Choir, one of the reasons I kept coming to this church week after week even before I became Catholic. Until the First Sunday of Advent this year, the 11:00 Sunday morning Mass... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at The Sheepcat
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Today, the Feast of St John, marks the second anniversary of the death of the co-founder of the Courage Apostolate, Fr John Harvey, OSFS, who so fittingly passed away at the hour of mercy. Here he is relaxing with little Aby at St Norbert's Rectory on his last visit to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at The Sheepcat
Thanks, StatGuy. Yes, Thomas McDonald brings a welcome perspective on this and a lot of things.
So a new study claims to possibly explain why homosexuality occurs. Naturally the news is getting around, and lots of ink will be spilled before this is all over. "Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay: Lesbians get it from fathers, gay men from mothers?" (US... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at The Sheepcat
Around this time of year I hear a fair amount of grumbling from social conservatives understandably dismayed that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, you-name-it Pride parade takes over the downtown core for an afternoon. If you wish to safeguard your kids' innocence, it's a good day to avoid the area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at The Sheepcat
Today I talked with Sun News Network's Michael Coren on his show, The Arena, about my attitudes to Pride and same-sex relationships. I used to treat Pride as a kind of holy day of obligation for myself, and I objected when gay acquaintances announced they had other plans. By the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at The Sheepcat
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While I love being Mrs Sheepcat, being married to a husband with such an unusual background means taking on some unpleasant social and spiritual consequences. After all, the Sheepcat is a triple minority: he has experienced same-sex attraction (and continues to experience some); he's chosen chastity; and now he's happily... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at The Sheepcat
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UPDATE (18 June 2012): The atheist blogger-of-good-will is no longer an atheist, thanks be to God! "He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory" (Matthew 12:20). Do you know that "the Lord loves a good game"? I'm not going to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at The Sheepcat
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On this the anniversary of my father's death, I honour his memory and ask for prayers for the repose of his soul. He was a minister of the United Church of Canada, and I now find it fitting that his anniversary coincides with the Feast of the Presentation, with its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at The Sheepcat
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The Archdiocese of Toronto has received a precious gift for Epiphany in today's announcement that our beloved Archbishop Thomas Collins is to be elevated to the College of Cardinals. In 2007 Archbishop Collins received the pallium from the Holy Father. The Sheepcat said in January 2007, just before Archbishop Collins'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at The Sheepcat
Thanks for your gracious remarks, PC. Just to clarify, it was Cardinal Burke who said Fr Harvey endured questioning, though this is certainly consistent with what we've heard from other sources. In any case, it shows his Spirit-filled pluck that he persevered regardless, without bitterness over the resistance he encountered.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2011 on Remembering Father John Harvey, OSFS at The Sheepcat