McNeill taught philosophy at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, and in
the doctorate program at Fordham University in NYC.
In 1972, he joined the combined Woodstock Jesuit Seminary and Union
Theological Seminary faculty as professor of Christian Ethics, specializing
in Sexual Ethics.
In 1975, McNeill entered the graduate clinical program in Psychotherapy
at the Institutes of Religion and Health (IRH). After completing the program,
he began his private psychotherapy practice and became a member of the
faculty of the IRH teaching courses in "Object Relations Theory of
For many years while on the faculty at IRH, he was Director of the
program in Pastoral Studies for inner city clergy at the Manhattan Branch.
He is a former adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary where he taught
courses on "Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions of Ministry to
Gays and Lesbians".
In 1974, John McNeill was co-founder of the
New York City chapter of Dignity, a group for Catholic gays and
lesbians. For over twenty-five years, he has been active in a ministry
to gay Christians through retreats, workshops, lectures, publications,
McNeill's major works on the subject of gay and lesbian liberation,
self-acceptance and spiritual maturity are as follows:
In 1976, The Church and the Homosexual was published. This book
was a re-evaluation of homosexuality from a moral and theological viewpoint.
It was published in four other languages: French, Spanish, Italian and
Danish. A fourth edition with a new preface was published by Beacon Press
Other publications include "Homosexuality, Lesbianism and the
Future: Building a More Humane Society", in A Challenge to Love, ed.
by Robert Nugent, Crossroads Press, 1983.
In 1988, his second major work on gay liberation theology, Taking
a Chance On God: Liberating Theology for Gays and Lesbians, Their Lovers,
Friends and Families, was published by Beacon Press. This book was
published in French and German in March of 1993, and Italian in October
The most recent book, which examines the role interior freedom plays
in spiritual maturity, entitled Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual
Journey to the Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians and Everybody Else,
published by Beacon Press was distributed early in February, 1995. It was
published in Italian in 1996.
In 1993, he also published an article entitled Homosexuality and
Spirituality in The New Dictionary of Spirituality, (Liturgical Press,
His article entitled Tapping Deeper Roots: Integrating the Spiritual
Dimension Into Professional Practice With Lesbian and Gay Clients was
published in The Journal of Pastoral Care, Vol. 48 No. 4, Winter 1994.
Blondel’s philosophy remains one of the most brilliant contributions to the philosophy of religion in the past century. It contains insights that have never been duplicated in any other philosophy and consequently still deserves careful study now more than ever.
I will never forget the joy and excitement I felt the first time I began to read the philosophical and theological thought of Maurice Blondel. I was student of theology at Woodstock College, a Jesuit Theological Seminary in Maryland. The Rev. Father Sponga, the rector of the seminary, offered an optional course in Blondel’s thought, having just completed a doctoral study of Blondel at Fordham University. Upon reading Blondel’s words, I had what I call a “disciples of Emmaus experience” an experience of “my heart burning within me” and knew that I was dealing with a genius with an extraordinary and original insight into the problems and the needs of our times.
I hungered for a philosophical framework which I could use to integrate my religious faith with the deep insights coming from the human sciences, especially psychology, insights based in the self-consciousness of the human subject, At the same time, I was intensely aware of the inadequacies of traditional Thomistic philosophy to provide that framework. So it is with great pleasure that I have compiled and created an archive of my studies of the thought of Maurice Blondel, philosopher.
I invite you to go to the archive website, (click here =>) Maurice Blondel and explore his important contributions and insights.