Same Sex Attraction in Catholic Women who Desire to Live Chastely


A growing number of Catholic women with same sex attraction (SSA) are interested to know the Catholic Church teaching on this issue. Thus far there are no specific Magisterial documents solely dedicated to women with same sex attraction (or “lesbianism”), and this article can serve as an initial response. The first part provides some essential background elements to help understand female same sex attraction. The second part of the article offers some practical suggestions for pastoral support of women with same sex attraction. The experiences of Ms. T. and Ms. J., Catholic women with same sex attraction who are striving to live chastely, are also shared. It is hoped that the content can help priests and deacons deal with pastoral issues surrounding this reality, especially in accompanying women with SSA who freely choose chastity and strive to live fully their Christian calling.