A catechism of the heart


Memoirs of an ex-Jesuit on love of self and others in the time of Pope Francis and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements

In A Catechism of the Heart, Benjamin Brenkert, a former Jesuit student for the priesthood and homosexual, shares his story of loving God, leaving a homophobic church, and finally reconciling his sexuality and his faith.

As a child in a working-class town on Long Island, Benjamin Brenkert’s faith was kindled and the Church was welcome shelter in a troubled home. Before he reached his mid-twenties, he was well on his way to becoming a Jesuit priest, which he believed to be his ultimate calling. The rigors of order and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience were a hitch for some of his counterparts, but for him there was only one problem: he was a homosexual who loved teachings of Jesus and the mission of the Jesuits. , but deplores the sectarianism of the Church.

In A CATECHISM OF THE HEART: A JESUIT MISSIONED TO THE LAITY (Resource Publications, July 2020, Paperback), Brenkert shares his moving story and calls for sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church.



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