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Closet, cage, or Cross? A response to the New York Times

It has been one of the great privileges of my priesthood to work with the members of the Courage apostolate, faithful Catholics who experience same-sex attractions and have decided to live chaste lives. I have encountered an unexpected joy ...

The redemption of the body 

This is the eighth article in a series outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the seventh installment here. In his consideration of the redemption of the body St. John Paul again takes the words of Christ from the Gospel of Matthew as ...

Pride, guilt, and life unashamed

Explaining the Church’s teaching on same-sex desires in today’s world isn’t easy.  We feel hesitation, embarrassment…shame.  Living the Church’s teaching on same sex desires poses its own challenges.  Internal confusion, hiding…shame.  June’s Pride Month offers what may seem to be a ...

Bodily love: A personal affair 

This is the first of a series of articles outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on the human person and love, human embodiment and sexuality, as found detailed first in Love and Responsibility (LR), then in Man and Woman He Created Them (ToB), now more popularly known as the Theology ...

Original Personhood: Identity & Theology of the Body

This week I changed login information for one of my many online applications. In one section, I could select a new update.   Male. Female. I prefer not to say.   How do you identify? “Identity politics” has gotten a lot of play across the red-blue ...

Social media and the Christian responsibility to speak the truth with love

The clarity and compassion with which Catholics discuss the topic of same-sex attraction in the public forum has improved significantly over the past decade or so. This is owing to a greater understanding of scientific, psychological, and pastoral considerations connected with homosexuality, and especially of the persons who live with this ...