Fordham U. Press Picks Up Queer Latinx Theology Book Cancelled by Maryknoll

In June, Bondings 2.0 reported that the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers had withdrawn permission for Orbis Books , their publishing house, to publish Queer God de Amor, a book that included LGBTQ+ themes by Miguel Díaz, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and presently the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago.

Díaz describes the book as focusing on “the Spanish mystic San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross) through a Latinx hermeneutic that takes seriously daily lived experiences and relationships of LGBTQ+ people.

Today, we have good news that the book, as well as the series on Latinx theology of which it is a part, has been picked up by Fordham University Press. The following is a statement from the publisher: 

New YorkFordham University Press (FUP) acquires Queer God de Amor by Latino theologian Miguel Díaz. The book is part of the Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente series, which will also be moving to Fordham University Press from Orbis Books with this volumePrevious volumes include The Word Became Culture and the awardwinning Revelation in the Vernacular.

About the Series

Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente is multivolume series that re-maps theology and pushes out in new directions from varying coordinates across a spectrum of latinidad as lived in the USA. Authors reconfigure and disrupt key areas like revelation, eschatology, and trinity. Other volumes complicate and advance even further key themes of significance in Latin@ theologies, including the option for culture, religious diversity, and Mary.

Miguel Díaz

“Fordham University Press is excited to have acquired Queer God de Amor by Miguel Díaz and to have secured the rights to publish the Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente series of which it is a part. The book and series are a perfect fit with our catalog and contribute to our mission of publishing boundary-breaking scholarship and supporting underrepresented voices. We welcome Dr. Díaz, together with his co-editors, Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández and Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D., to the FUP community of authors and look forward to a successful and long-lasting collaboration.”

—Fredric Nachbaur, Director, Fordham University Press

“The Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente series reflects ethical and theological commitments to the invitation of Pope Francis “¡hagan lío!” As theologians and scholars arising from complex matrices of latinidad, lived and experienced in myriad modalities, we stir things up by retrieving resources from a rich diversity of Latin@ /Hispan@ traditioning. With particular attention to sources that may have been suppressed, erased, ignored, or overlooked, we explore in creative and interdisciplinary ways the stuff of lo cotidiano, daily life. We are excited about the prospect of pushing las fronteras en conjunto with Fordham University Press.”

—Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández, Founding Editor, Disruptive Cartographers

About Fordham University Press
Fordham University Press, established in 1907, is the seventh oldest university press in the country and the nation’s oldest Catholic university press. Fordham University Press not only represents and uphold the values and traditions of the University itself but also furthers those values and traditions through the dissemination of scholarly research and ideas. The Press publishes boundarybreaking print and digital books that bring recognition to itself, the University, and authors while balancing the need to publish in new formats and work collaboratively on and off campus.

For more information about the book, click here.  Fordham University Press is a leader in the Catholic academic publishing world for books on LGBTQ and Queer Theory subjects among Catholic publishers. They also publish on Latinx and Latin America topics, as well. 

Robert Shine (he/him), New Ways Ministry, July 12, 2022

1 reply
  1. Tony Spence
    Tony Spence says:

    I am surprised Orbis cancelled the contract when the book was in the press. They are no strangers to publishing challenging theological books. Wonder what went on.


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