Stonewalling: Gay liberation and the Catholic Church

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The Stonewall Inn riots in New York in mid-1969 were the crucible of the gay liberation movement, building on the unrest of the previous year. ‘Stonewalling’, an unrelated term, also describes the process of refusing to engage with another person or organisation by using uncooperative and sometimes delaying tactics.
What did gay liberation really bring to same sex-attracted Catholics? There is a mass of publicly-available historical evidence to show that the Church’s capacity in the 1960s and 1970s to create a genuinely pastoral response to same-sex attracted people was neutralised by specific bishops, senior clergy and religious. Most of these individuals were also directly involved in the cover-up of clerical child sexual abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1968 Culture and Counterculture
Subtitle of host publicationA Catholic Critique
EditorsThomas Gourlay, Daniel Matthys
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherPickwick Publications
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781725276819
ISBN (Print)9781725276796, 9781725276802
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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