My Life, In and Out by Charles Benedict

I had the privilege of working with Charles Benedict to format the published manuscript of his personal memoir, My Life, In and Out: One Man’s Journey into Roman Catholic Priesthood and out of the Closet.

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What if the choice you made eighteen years ago turned out to be wrong?

In this unprecedented memoir, Charles shares the confusion he felt growing up as he wrestled with his sexuality and his desire to become a Roman Catholic Priest. Follow the journey of a man who devoted the first thirty-three years of his life and studies to serve the Church, only to discover the life he idolized and the beliefs he taught conflicted with the hidden secret of his life that kept him from accepting his true self and potential.

About the Author

Charles Benedict, like so many who identify within the LGBTQI community, grew up in a religious family that made it seem like he didn’t belong or fit in because something was wrong with him. When his parents discovered he had a secret boyfriend at sixteen, Charles denied he was gay, giving into strong fears of rejection and disappointing those he loved. He lied to the world and buried his sacred truth deep inside his soul. Yet in reality, there was nothing wrong with Charles to begin with.

Fourteen years passed before he accepted his homosexuality and came out—nearly four years after he had been ordained a Roman Catholic Priest. Unable to hide the gift of who God made him to be, Charles voluntarily left priesthood and rebuilt his life from the ground up, discovering the much happier man within. Today, after several rough years, Charles is happily married to his wonderful husband and has supportive friends and family to share his life with.

Though he is proud—yet nervous—to share his memoirs with you, he wants everyone who struggles with their sexuality to know that even though it took him thirty-three years to love himself, the truth set him free. He hopes you always have the courage to be who you are today, and no matter what any religion says, God loves you.