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Fr. Bochanski

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

An identity made for love

“O Lord, who are You? O Lord, who am I?” This simple, profound prayer seems tailor-made for young people at the beginning of the twenty-first century. We’re caught up like never before in a quest to define ourselves, to understand ...

“Coming out” at Christmas: A pastoral response to parents

Amid the many joys of the Christmas season, we also come face to face with many challenges. It’s an incredibly busy time, for a start, which often leaves little time or energy for the kind of spiritual preparation that such ...