Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints

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Pilgrim Press, 2004 - Religion - 224 pages
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"Human desire is a path to spiritual wholeness," says author Donald Boisvert, in this unusual look at how saints--and one's devotion to them--can be sites for the confirmation and celebration of homoerotic desire. The author comes to the topic as a gay scholar of religion and draws upon his own experience of saints including his years in seminary beginning at age 13. Saints can inspire desire and, through eclectic readings of their lives and imagery, the author suggests meanings and strategies attached to the emergence of same-sex attraction. The book contains 12 chapters that focus on saints, including: Michael the Archangel; Sebastian and Tarcisius; John the Baptist; Joseph; Paul and Augustine; the Ugandan and North American martyrs; Francis of Assisi; Dominic Savio and other boy saints; Damien and the missionary saints; Peter Julian Eymard and the Eucharist; and gay saints.

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Contents

Introduction
7
Michael the Archangel
25
Sebastian and Tarcisius
39
John the Baptist
53
Joseph
67
Paul and Augustine
81
The Ugandan and North American Martyrs
96
Francis of Assisi
110
Damien and the Missionary Saints
139
Peter Julian Eymard and the Eucharist
154
The Erotic Christ
168
Gay Saints
183
Understanding Gay Male Sanctity
198
Notes
213
Index
217
Copyright

Dominic Savio and Other Boy Saints
124

About the author (2004)

Donald L. Boisvert is professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal.

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