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ISBN: 0664258085

ISBN13: 9780664258085

Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair

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With the publication of his groundbreaking The Church and Homosexuality in 1976, John McNeill placed himself in the vanguard of scholars who were challenging long-held assumptions about the Bible and... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Pioneer Fighting for Social Justice

This is a wonderful to give to any gay Catholic wrestling with his/her sexuality, but it is also good for straight Catholic who are open to learning more about gay life. I had read The Church and the Homosexual several years ago. Was pleased then and am pleased now with Both Feet. John McNeill was a POW in Germany during WWII. Constantly struggling with his sexuality, he decided to join the priesthood as way to rid himself of these sexual feelings. Over the years, he came to an understanding that sexuality is a gift from God. He critizes the Roman Catholic Church for its anti-sex and anti-gay attitudes. Imagine my surprise when I came acrossed the name of Howard Wells in the book. McNeill had met Wells during his gay ministry. I knew Wells because he married my partner and I back in the early 70s. McNeill talks about his feelings when the church silenced him and when he was forced to leave the Jesuits.

A journey...

I read this book when I was in a difficult time in my life and McNeill's journey is so inspirational that it made all my problems seem smaller and thus overcomeable. Even if you are against homosexuality this book is an interesting portrayal of what it is like to be gay in a church that does not support you. McNeill's theology is also intelligent and well though out. His theology is not trite, full of rhetoric and contradictory like so many other gay christian authors. I highly reccomend this book and all the other works of John J. McNeill. God Bless.

The inspiring testament of a great priest

John McNeill, a gay-and-proud Christian scholar, made history with his landmark 1976 book "The Church and the Homosexual." "Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair" is McNeill's autobiography, and this latter book reaffirms his stature as one of the lesbian and gay community's great spiritual voices.The book begins with McNeill's boyhood in an Irish Catholic family in Buffalo, New York. He vividly describes his experiences as a soldier in Europe during World War II. Particularly harrowing are his memories of slave labor in a German prisoner-of-war camp. We also learn of his academic study of the work of French philosopher Maurice Blondel, his ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood, and his awakening to the world of gay love and sex.Particularly important are the chapters describing the aftermath of the publication of "The Church and the Homosexual." McNeill was eventually expelled from the Jesuit order. He also writes of his relationships with a number of gay Christian groups and leaders, and pays warm tribute to his lover, Charles Chiarelli. McNeill's writing style is full of insight and compassion. He is also a delightfully learned and literate writer--the book is spiced with references to and quotes from James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Viktor Frankl, the Roman poet Virgil, and many other authors.The book's annotated bibliography to the works of its author makes it a valuable reference to scholars. The people quoted on the book's back cover blurbs describe McNeill as a "gay saint" and a "prophet," and "Both Feet. . ." lives up to these tributes. It is a stirring spiritual autobiography that resounds with moral authority and intellectual depth. McNeill's life story is a convincing testament to the possibility of integrating gay love and sexuality into a committed Christian life.
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