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Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one's sex as male or female.

Author: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

15 December 2017

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The Holy See: the official English language section of the Vatican website

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Selected Quotations from Documents of the Popes and Members of the Roman Curia On the Subject of “Gender Theory”

A compilation of quotations on "gender theory" from papal and curial documents.

Author: Bochanski, Fr. Philip

1 April 2015

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An excerpt from: “Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI on the Occasion of Christmas Greetings to the Roman Curia”

If there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation.

Author: Pope Benedict XVI

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Pastoral Ministry to Young People With Same-Sex Attractions

Convinced that “only what is true can ultimately be pastoral,” we offer this guidance, by way of general principles and pastoral guidelines, to all Catholics, pastors, parents and educators, as well as to young adults themselves.

Author: Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

1 June 2011

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Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care

The mission of the Church is to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people and to minister to all people in his name. In our time and culture, special challenges are faced by those Church members who carry out this mission among persons who experience same-sex attraction. These guidelines are intended to assist bishops in evaluating existing or proposed programs and ministerial efforts and to provide direction and guidance for those engaged in this ministry.

Author: USCCB

14 November 2006

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The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality — Guidelines for Education within the Family

Excerpt from "The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality" which deals in specific with issues surrounding homosexuality.

Author: The Pontifical Council for the Family

8 December 1995

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Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons

While it would be impossible to anticipate every eventuality in respect to legislative proposals in this area, these observations will try to identify some principles and distinctions of a general nature which should be taken into consideration by the conscientious legislator, voter, or Church authority who is confronted with such issues.

Author: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

24 July 1992

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Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

The issue of homosexuality and the moral evaluation of homosexual acts have increasingly become a matter of public debate, even in Catholic circles. Since this debate often advances arguments and makes assertions inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church, it is quite rightly a cause for concern to all engaged in the pastoral ministry, and this Congregation has judged it to be of sufficiently grave and widespread importance to address to the Bishops of the Catholic Church this Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.

Author: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

1 October 1986

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