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Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Why do Catholics use the word “disordered”?

Any high school teacher both loves and loathes the team-based review game. They’re fun and functional, but often bring a streak of chaos to your classroom. When my former students selected team names, I would refuse to let them ...

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 ...

Featured video: Does God Make a Person Gay?

Does God create a person with a homosexual inclination? What would be the logical implications if some persons were created gay, while others not? Watch as Courage International\'s executive director, Father Philip Bochanski, discusses why this idea is incompatible with ...

Precision of terms in the field hospital

During my tenure as a journalist in Rome, I had the opportunity to cover the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family, and one of the topics of discussion was the Catholic Church\'s language surrounding certain pastoral matters, particularly ...

Chastity and the consolation of Easter

\"It is possible, with God’s grace, for everyone to live a chaste life, including persons experiencing same-sex attraction. To deny that the power of God’s grace enables those with homosexual attractions to live chastely is to deny, effectively, that ...

Love’s psychological profile

This is the second of a series of articles outlining Pope St. John Paul II’s thought on human embodiment and sexuality. You can read the first installment here. As a consequence of the nature of the human person as an ...

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and the mystery of God’s love

I’ve been intentionally celibate since entering the seminary more than a quarter century ago, so it has been quite a while since I’ve given much thought to Valentine’s Day.  But even priests are paying attention to it this year, given ...