I also wanted to point out that there are quite a few Bible verses that condemn men who have made sexual advances against women who were “questionably” dressed, as you might put it. Judah and his daughter-in-law, Tamar, for example. You may remember that Tamar dressed as a prostitute in order to entice Judah, because Judah refused to give her his third son in marriage, as was her right in that day and age. When she was later found pregnant, Judah is ultimately the one accused of wrongdoing (and rightfully so!). How about David and Bathsheba? He saw her bathing on the roof of her house (a perfectly normal custom in those days) and desired her. Who is punished later for the crimes that followed? Technically it was David’s son, true, but the text is clear that the punishment is meant for David; David was the one who committed the wrong. Shall we have another one? Jesus says absolutely nothing about women dressing provocatively, but in Matthew 5 he tells men that if they lust after another woman they have committed adultery, and later insinuates that they should probably just tear out their eyes. That’s right – Jesus’ solution to the lust problem is that men should tear out their eyes if they can’t help themselves, not that women should cover up more.
Revealing one’s body to others was not an unusual thing in the ancient world. They had public baths and public latrines, neither of which were separated according to gender or afforded much privacy. If you got worked up over seeing someone naked, that was your problem, not theirs. I really don’t see why it should be so different today."
As lesbians and gay men have come out of the closet, it becomes clear that there are far more of us in religious vocations than our percentage of the total population would lead one to expect. What brings us into such roles, often within religious institutions that are officially intolerant toward us even while they accept our contributions to their life?… It is not our strength but our marginalization in modern Western culture that compels us to pay attention to the deeper aspects of our human experience… we find ourselves living with a basic contradiction in everyday life, knowing that Reality has shaped us in ways that the mainstream of our culture not only rejects, but even at times punishes. We have to ask questions that others do not have to ask….
The person who takes up the priestly ministry in a conscious way is saying that the first order of business is neither to salve one’s wounds nor to change the outer world, but to experience what is and to understand how one’s experience of it is experience of the Holy. By leading our lives, the lives we have been dealt by circumstance, on the boundary with the Hidden, we grow in understanding—an understanding which we can then share with others at the boundary."