It’s been a momentous, difficult year. No, it’s not “New Year”, the traditional time for these reflection, but I’m not thinking the calendar year. I’m considering the year from February to February: more specifically, the year from February 9th 2016, the day I lost my stomach. That’s a long story, which I tell elsewhere, but the process has been rather prominent in my consciousness. To that, came the anguish first, of the Brexit vote here in the UK, continuing “Zuptagate” horror stories in South Africa concerning President Jacob Zuma and his cronies, and finally the horror of a Trump presidency in the USA. Throughout, the entire world has seen the trauma of continuing war in the Middle East, with the resultant plight of refugees and terror elsewhere.
For some years, I had been heavily involved in different ways, in different forms of activism for LGBT Catholics, with my blogs Queering the Church and its satellites, working with Quest, and elsewhere. With Pope Francis steering the church in a more pastoral, sympathetic direction and the substantial advances in LGBT equality, especially marriage equality, in secular law, my priorities over the year have somewhat shifted.
My readers at Queering the Church will have noticed that my posts there have substantially dried up – and that’s the reason. I remain committed to the cause of LGBT inclusion in church, and to LGBT equality more generally, but there’s much, much more to be concerned about. If we are to take seriously Pope Francis’ message, then working for justice for LGBT Catholics must also include a commitment to justice for all others. In queer theory, “queer” is not merely a simplistic synonym for sexual and gender minorities, but includes all who are marginalised in any way.
While I have not been writing actively at my existing blogs, I have been using facebook and twitter to share some of my thoughts and concerns, across this broader field, while I’ve been giving extensive thought to the future of my existing sites. My conclusion is that Queering the Church and its satellites will continue, albeit with less frequent posting than previously.
At this site, I will be writing on a much wider range of subjects, personal and political.