Church Documents

Catechesis and Policy on Questions Concering Gender Theory

“The truth will set you free.” Christ’s words to his disciples call Christians in every age to embrace the truth of who we are as children of God, for only in embracing this truth can we be set free.

Author: Archdiocese of Milwaukee

18 January 2022

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Comments on “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care”

Fr. John Harvey's commentary on the USCCB statement of November 14, 2006

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

December 2006

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Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to a dubium regarding the blessing of the unions of persons of the same sex

Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?


Author: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

15 March 2021

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“Male and Female He Created Them” Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education

Author: Congregation for Catholic Education (for Catholic Institutions)

10 June 2019

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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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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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Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders

This instruction contains norms concerning a specific question, made more urgent by the current situation, and that is: whether to admit to the seminary and to holy orders candidates who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies.

Author: Congregation for Catholic Education

4 November 2005

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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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