Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month featuring Theologian Miguel Diaz
The Lane Center, in collaboration with University Ministry and the Theology and Religious Studies department, will be hosting the Inaugural Latinx Heritage Lecture on Religion and Public Life in Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room and via Zoom.The University of San Francisco welcomes Miguel H. Díaz, John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service, Loyola University, Chicago, to discuss his new book advancing a bold sexual theology for the Catholic Church. Queer God de Amor disrupts standard trinitarian theologies by way of an unexpected source — the late-medieval Spanish mystic, San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross, 1542-1591). Juan is often read as a source of the spiritualizing, asexual masochism typical of traditionalist Catholic faith. But Díaz draws attention to inescapable sexual analogies lacing the mystic’s spiritual canticles, suggesting that the quest for union with God more resembles the ordinary earthly pursuit of erotic union than a self-abasing religiosity. This sanjuanista theology of God, keying on human desire, infuses Catholicism with a queer-loving vision of divine-human freedom, creativity, and reciprocity.