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Benjamin Brenkert entered the Jesuits in 2005 and was trained in Ignatian Spirituality. He remains full of gratitude for his time in the Society of Jesus, including being blessed with attending World Youth Day in Brazil, and obtaining an MSW and MTS from Jesuit institutions. Today Ben practices clinical social at a mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York, and will continue his theological studies this fall. 

Recent Posts

Jul 27, 2016

As a Christian gay person, and former candidate for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church, I propose that in response to the recent LGBT mass shooting in Orlando, Pope Francis celebrate a Mass for LGBT people in St. Peter’s Basilica and Square in Vatican City.

The Pope’s effusive, rhetorical question, “Who am I to judge?” is a promising question, but it needs actions to back it up.

While a non-judgmental tone sounds good, unless clear and tangible follow-up happens, it doesn’t mean much.

Jun 01, 2015

As Cardinals stay mum, youth move on 

Ireland’s historic vote approving gay marriage is a major blow to the Roman Catholic Church.

With American Cardinals like Timothy Dolan and Sean O’Malley, and Archbishop Charles Chaput staying mum on the issue, failing to give interviews; the Church’s youth move on. Catholic youth want a different Church – they want a Church that publicly recognizes their friends, family members and colleagues.

Dec 17, 2014

Last fall I finally had enough. Enough of hearing the Roman Catholic Church romanticize the materially poor. Enough of watching the Roman Catholic Church fire married gays and lesbians from public ministry from high schools and churches. Enough of trying to defend the Roman Catholic Church’s practice of ordaining only celibate men to the priesthood. Enough is enough.

As an openly gay man I’ve spent the past 10 years pursuing the priesthood in the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Aug 25, 2014

Dear Pope Francis,

In your time as Pope, your commitment to poverty has awakened the world to the evils of globalization, capitalism, and materialism. Many now understand poverty to be a structural sin and a social evil. Through your public statements you have sparked the interest of Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and atheists.

The world looks to you as a shepherd, a man filled with the joy of the Gospel.

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