Highlighted Items of Interest
HOMOSEXUALITY: A SPECIAL CALL TO THE LOVE OF GOD AND MAN
COURAGE: SPEAKING THE TRUTH WITH LOVE
OUTREACH TO HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS: THE UNDERSTANDING HEART -- by Jeffrey Keefe O.F.M. Conv., Ph.D., S.T.L
THE PHYSICIAN'S APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH SAME SEX ATTRACTION -- By James O'Neill, M.D.
DESIGNED FOR SEX: WHAT WE LOSE WHEN WE FORGET WHAT SEX IS FOR -- by J. Budziszewski
The Catholic World Report, December 2011
By Chuck Weber
Courage's outreach to men and women with same-sex attractions continues to grow, as bishops like Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix promote its vital work.
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An Article by Melinda Selmys, author of the book
Twelve years ago, I converted to Catholicism and began a long dialogue with my own sexuality. At the time, I was involved in a lesbian relationship that had been going on for a little over six years. I had, in the course of researching the Catholic position with a view to refuting it, encountered the Church's teachings on homosexual relationships before, so when I decided to embrace the Church as my mother, I knew that meant giving up my lesbian partner. I called her that night and explained my decision.
At the time, I thought that I was signing up for a life of celibacy. I was okay with that: before I became a Catholic I was a hard rationalist, and it wasn't a long stretch to port my idealistic devotion to rational self-possession into an iron-clad commitment to Catholic sexual teaching. I would simply apply my will to the problem, subsume my passions to the rule of Reason, and everything would be fine. Right? (Read more ...)
The Pastoral Response to Homosexuality - Melinda Selmys
In his September 1, 2011 columm "Gay and Christian," Russell Saltzman addressed my article in the New Oxford Review, in which I sketched a brief history of homosexual politics over the past two and a half millennia as background for understanding the present controversy. (Read more ...)
In January, the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut announced it was becoming the latest diocese to launch a chapter of Courage, the Catholic apostolate that helps men and women struggling with same-sex attraction live in accordance with the teachings of the Church. Deacon Robert Pallotti, director of the office of the diaconate for the archdiocese, helped develop the program for Hartford. He explained that Courage helps people “who need our care and love. In some cases, they have been rejected by society. They need to be accepted, affirmed, and supported as Roman Catholics trying to remain faithful to Church teaching.”
Five Catholics with same-sex attraction recently sat down for a roundtable interview with Catholic Spirit staff writer and photographer Dave Hrbacek. All are now living chaste lives and following church teaching on sexuality and agreed to talk about their experiences. They represent voices that haven’t been widely heard in the current debate over the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman — a measure they all support. The following is an edited version of the interview.
Five Catholics describe joys, struggles
Courage Continues Mission of Its Founder, Father Harvey
Fr. Michael Schmitz is the Chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Every month the Diocese of Duluth publishes a diocesan newspaper. Fr. Mike is a regular columnist answering fundamental questions of the Catholic Faith. Below are four of those questions and his answers.
Why Don't Same-Sex Couples Have a Right to Marry?
Same-Sex Marriage Laws Force the Church to 'Fuss'
"God Made Me This Way"
Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City - Courage Latino Conference - Guadalupe, November 2012
Living with Same-Sex Attraction
A Radio Interview with Daniel Mattson
Daniel Mattson is a single Catholic man who lives with same sex attraction. He has found great freedom in the teachings of the Catholic Church and through the universal call to chastity, and he is often invited to give his personal testimony to groups around the country. He blogs under a pseudonym at LettersToChristopher.wordpress.com.
The Path to Intimacy: It Took Courage to Find It
An inspiring story of the role Courage has played in one man's life and his pursuit of true intimacy.
HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR DISORIENTATION?
All of us have a longing to be fully known: by ourselves, by others, and by God. Fundamental to Christian thought is this: We can only know ourselves fully when we know ourselves as we are known by God. As Gaudium et Spes teaches, “In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear. . . . Christ the new Adam . . . fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling.”
as an "Objective Disorder"
This article first appeared in Communio 25 (Spring 1998).
The issues relating to the difference between the sexes are not trivial ones, but indicate epochal shifts in culture and the spiritual history of humankind.
In Defense of the Church's
When considering the pastoral language the Church should use in speaking about homosexuality, the guiding principle must be what then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger wrote about the subject in 1986, writing as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral.”
This is the home page of J. Budziszewski's scholarly website. Dr. Budziszewski delieved the keynote address at the 2013 Annual Courage/EnCourage Conference. He has been teaching since 1981 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor of government and philosophy. His academic focus is the ethical basis of politics. He thinks and writes mostly about classical natural law; conscience; moral character; moral self-deception; family and sexuality; religion and public life; authentic vs. counterfeit versions of toleration and liberty; and the unravelling of our common culture. His latest project is a commentary on the Treatise on Law, which is part of the Summa Theologiae of the great Thomas Aquinas. You can find out about it and read samples by visiting his web site.