Daniel Mattson embraced homosexuality in his 30s but now has written a book called: Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace. The book has received endorsements from Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal O’Malley, and Fr. Paul Scalia, Teresa Tomeo, and Al Kresta, among others.
Written with heartfelt vulnerability and infused with hope, Mattson contends that the fundamental questions of identity can never be satisfied by tying one’s personhood to modern, sexuality categories of being.
Baptized Catholic but raised as an evangelical, Mattson returned to the Catholic Church, in part, because of the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger’s 1986 letter to the bishops “On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons” explains that the Church does not view human beings in terms of their sexual orientation but instead as beloved children of God who are male and female.