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Conservative Catholic Joseph Bottum now supports same-sex marriage.

Joseph Bottum has reversed course on his opposition to gay marriage.

Bottum, the former editor in chief of religious journal First Things, made his about face in a lengthy essay titled The Things We Share: A Catholic's Case for Same-Sex Marriage published Friday on the website of Commonweal magazine.

In an interview with The New York Times, Bottum added that he had also given up on politics as a vehicle for social change.

“I'll vote Republican, because I'm a Republican. But I don't believe a change in culture can come from politics. It can only come from re-enchantment with the world,” he said.

by Anonymousreply 808/27/2013

Because he's finally living up to his name?

by Anonymousreply 108/24/2013

Seriously? A headline like that and no r1 yet?

Fine. I'll post a photo of the good Mr. Bottum.

by Anonymousreply 208/24/2013

Hmmmm. Separation of church and state? What an interesting concept.

by Anonymousreply 308/24/2013


He's still a homophobe!

He has blood on his hands!!!!

by Anonymousreply 408/24/2013

R4-the gurl is off her meds again.

by Anonymousreply 508/27/2013

What a name.

I wonder if he's been made fun of for that in his life?

by Anonymousreply 608/27/2013

He's kind of a moron.

"I'll vote Republican because I am Republican"... what the fuck kind of stupid logic is that? You are only "Republican" because you VOTE Republican, dipshit.

Religious people are just so fucking stupid. Seriously. It's like they have absolutely no grasp of the real world, or of basic logic.

by Anonymousreply 708/27/2013

There was a longer article about him in the NY Times last weekend. Despite his support, his essay does include some advice on new tactics to fight marriage equality:

"Traditional-marriage activists would counter that we can at least begin a Christian renaissance by upholding marriage’s last connections to its Christian past. But Mr. Bottum says that’s the wrong starting point. “There are much better ways than opposing same-sex marriage for teaching the essential God-hauntedness, the enchantment, of the world,” he writes.

Better tactics might include “massive investments in charity, the further evangelizing of Asia, a willingness to face martyrdom by preaching in countries where Christians are killed,” and a churchwide effort to beautify the liturgy."

So in a sense, he's talking out of both sides of his mouth.

by Anonymousreply 808/27/2013
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