Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

“I’m the funny lady with the open wound”: Gina Barreca on the heartbreak of losing her religion

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regina-barrecaIn her latest collection of essays, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse, feminist author, Hartford Courant columnist and UConn professor Gina Barreca discusses her discomfort with religion since forsaking the Catholic Church of her upbringing. She wishes she could go back, she says in our interview, but she feels unwelcome, given the church’s conservative stance on issues important to her, and, as much as she considers herself a rule-breaker, she can’t imaging being just reasonably Catholic, picking and choosing from among the church’s teachings. But she also can’t imagine a relationship with the divine apart from being Catholic. In short, she’s in a bind. But at least she can laugh about it.

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