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Mom…Dad, I’m Gay: How Should a Catholic Parent Respond?

Author: Prosen, David and Ricciardi, Allison

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Loving Our Children with Same-Sex Attractions: One Mother’s Story

Author: An EnCourage Mom

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From Pain to Peace

Author: Cavera, Robert and Susan, and Mattson, Daniel

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A Priest’s Experience in Pastoring Those with SSA

Fr. Paul Check, former executive director of Courage International, delivers an address during the Aug. 10-12, 2015 Truth & Love conference.

Author: Check, Fr. Paul

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Beauty and Brokenness

Andrew Comiskey, founder of the Desert Stream/Living Waters ministry, delivers an address during the 2015 Truth & Love conference.

Author: Comiskey, Andrew

August 11 2015

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Fighting for Freedom: A Prayerful Response to ‘Gay’ Loved Ones

Suggestions for those who are concerned about a friend or family member who has declared his or her homosexuality.

Author: Comiskey, Andrew

December 2014

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From Pain to Peace

Robert and Susan Cavera speak about their experiences in EnCourage and the peace that comes from embracing the will of God. Download to hear entire talk.

Author: Cavera, Robert and Susan, and Mattson, Daniel

August 11 2015

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How Parents Should Respond to a Child “Coming Out”

The most challenging questions I’m asked when speaking about the Church’s teaching on homosexuality come from parents who are committed to the teachings of the Church and have a child who has “come out” and identified as gay or lesbian. This is what I tell them.

Author: Mattson, Daniel

June 1 2013

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Invite, Elevate, Disarm (Medical Professional Track- Audio Only)

Testimony and practical tips for communication.

Author: Andrew

July 30 2015

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Living the Truth in Love Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction

People who want to be instruments of Christ's love to those who experience same-sex attraction (SSA) seek guidance on how best to do so. They need to listen to the stories of those who experience SSA and the stories of those who have accompanied them on their journeys. They also need to ground their responses in a genuine Christian understanding of the human person and of human sexuality.

Author: Smith, Janet E. and Check, Fr. Paul

August 31 2015

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Loving a Child With Same-Sex Attraction

Father Check of the Courage apostolate asks parents to be guided by the clarity and authentic compassion of the Gospel message.

Author: Desmond, Joan

March 21 2013

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Loving Our Children with Same-Sex Attractions: One Mother’s Story

I pray that you too will go forward with faith and courage to receive God’s love and truth, and that your path to accept, love and help your child with SSA will become clear.

Author: An EnCourage Mom

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Mom…Dad, I’m Gay: How Should a Catholic Parent Respond?

How should a Catholic parent respond? How do you strike that balance between condoning something that the Church teaches is wrong, and being supportive of the child you love who may have been struggling with these feelings for years?

Author: Prosen, David and Ricciardi, Allison

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Realizing Our True Identity

The hardest thing for us to believe may be this: that God is good, even when things are not as they should be — for example, when someone we love is in difficulty, confused about the truth and perhaps acting on this confusion. But this parable reassures us that nothing falls outside of God’s providence or the reach of his grace.

Author: Check, Fr. Paul

November 7 2014

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Same-Sex Attractions as a Symptom of a Broken Heart

Drawing on secular empirical research and the insights of mental health clinicians who adopt a Catholic anthropology, Dr. Lock looks at how the psychological sciences support the Catholic understanding of the human person and same-sex attraction. He examines how this research can be used to support various aspects of pastoral care.

Author: Lock, Dr. Timothy

August 11 2015

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