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Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Theory

The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross… The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and aid on this path.” – USCCB, Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination (2006), p. 13
COURAGE: Support Groups for those with same-sex attraction Courage is a support group that ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. Find a Courage chapter near you. They also have an outreach called EnCourage, which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions. Find an EnCourage chapter near you. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published guidelines for programs of ministry to persons with homosexual inclinations in, “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care”. The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church “Male and Female He Created Them…” In June of 2019, the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican published “Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender theory in education.” The document reaffirms the Church’s position on the danger of gender ideology and the importance of fostering Christian anthropology that better affirms the nature of humanity as created by God. They write:
“The first step in this process of throwing light on anthropology consists in recognizing that ‘man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.’ This is the fulcrum on which to support a human ecology that moves from the ‘respect for our dignity as human beings’  and from the necessary relationship of our life to ‘moral law, which is inscribed into our nature.'”
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