Webcast premiere tonight: Documentary on Gay Catholics
GAY USA is hosted by Andy Humm and Ann Northrup. Rev. John McNeill will be the subject of the documentary
Gay USA is presenting the world TV premiere of Brendan Fay’s documentary, Uncommon Jesuit: A Conversation with Rev. John McNeill this evening at 11pm EST via webcast. The 31-minute film will run about twenty minutes into the show, following the news segment.
Rev. John McNeill, 80, is the out gay author of the seminal Church and the Homosexual. In 1976, he was removed from the Jesuits for speaking out against Catholic condemnation of gay love. The documentary covers his life from growing up in Buffalo to his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II to his priesthood and his 37-year relationship with Charles Chiarelli. He was one of the first major theologians to say that homosexuality could be practiced in consonance with Christianity. His appearances on the Today Show and Donahue drove the Vatican crazy, eventually leading to his official silencing by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in the late 1970s.