Roman Catholic Jacuzzi by Michael Bullock
Published by Karma (2012)
Michael Bullock’s Roman Catholic Jacuzzi is an utobiographical novella recounting the gay former catholic altar boy’s accidental discovery of the annual secret retreat of closeted homosexual priests. The story depicts the closing evening of the retreat, when celebrations culminate in a drag-disco dance party, and how the author comes to terms with his discovery. Angry at the priests for furthering the Church’s anti-gay teachings that oppressed him as a teenager, the author confronts their hypocrisy. After an intense 24 hours, he experiences firsthand that the priest themselves are among the most harmed by the Church’s extreme homophobia. The author leaves the retreat surprised by his unlikely compassion.