Highlighted Items of Interest
"Must read" articles and links for Courage Members and Supporters

HOMOSEXUALITY: A SPECIAL CALL TO THE LOVE OF GOD AND MAN
Dr. Jeff Mirus

COURAGE: SPEAKING THE TRUTH WITH LOVE
Most Reverend James D. Conley, Auxiliary Bishop's Column

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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LIBERATED LOVE
Courage offers compassion, fellowship, and hope to those with same-sex attractions.
By Jim Graves

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
of embracing chastity

Courage Continues Mission of Its Founder, Father Harvey
Director of Catholic apostolate to homosexuals discusses challenges and opportunities.


Courage, a Church apostolate ministering to people with same-sex attraction, held its 23rd annual conference this summer in Chicago... Register correspondent Matthew A. Rarey covered the conference, which featured daily Masses celebrated by Courage chaplains as well as the five bishops in attendance. Afterward, he had several in-depth conversations with Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage, about the apostolate and the assault on chastity in a “sex-saturated” culture. (Read the entire article...)

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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?
It seems unfair to say that gay people can't get married.
Is it a violation of their civil rights?

Defining Homosexuality
Why is homosexuality a sin?

Same-Sex Marriage Laws Force the Church to 'Fuss'
Why does my same-sex marriage have to do with you?
Why the fuss over this?

"God Made Me This Way"
I don't know how to respond when someone "explains away" their bad behavior by just saying, "God made
me this way."  Is that true?

Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City - Courage Latino Conference - Guadalupe, November 2012
"Teacher, what good deed must I do to gain eternal life?" (Mt 19:16)

Read the Cardinal Archbishop's inspiring answer! 

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
By Marcia Segelstein

An inspiring story of the role Courage has played in one man's life and his pursuit of true intimacy.

HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR DISORIENTATION?
By Daniel Mattson

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.”

Homosexual Inclination as an "Objective Disorder"
Reflections of Theological Anthropology
 By Livio Melina

This article first appeared in Communio 25 (Spring 1998).
© 1998 by Communio: International Catholic Review

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
Challenging Language on Homosexuality
By Daniel Mattson

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.

A Case of Mistaken (Sexual) Identity
By Daniel Mattson

As I have worked through my faith to claim my true nature as a beloved son of God, I have come to believe that the greatest case of mistaken identity in the world today concerns sexual identity. (Read the entire article online ...)

"Love Does Not Delight in Evil, but Rejoices With the Truth.' A Theological and Pastoral Reflection On My Journey Away From A Homosexual Identity
By Sean Doherty

This article offers theological reflection on the author's experience, initially as a celibate gay person and subsequently as someone who has chosen not to be defined as gay and who has married. It argues that faithfulness to the classic Christian teaching about sex and marriage is liberating rather than homophobic, and that the contemporary cultural tendency to conflate sexual desire with identity bears at least some of the blame for the gay experience of marginalisation. This conflation must be questioned. The article concludes by relating this to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's critique of anthropocentric construals of 'love.'

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.

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