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Made for Love: Same-sex Attraction and the Catholic Church

Author: Schmitz, Fr. Michael

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Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

Author: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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The Addictive Personality, Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior

Author: Craig Nakken

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‘Love Does Not Delight in Evil, but Rejoices With the Truth.’ A Theological and Pastoral Reflection On My Journey Away From A Homosexual Identity

This article offers theological reflection on the author’s experience, initially as a celibate gay person and subsequently as someone who has chosen not to be defined as gay and who has married. It argues that faithfulness to the classic Christian teaching about sex and marriage is liberating rather than homophobic, and that the contemporary cultural tendency to conflate sexual desire with identity bears at least some of the blame for the gay experience of marginalisation. This conflation must be questioned. The article concludes by relating this to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s critique of anthropocentric construals of ‘love’.

Author: Doherty, Sean

March 1 2014

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“Gender Theory”/”Gender Ideology”: Select Teaching Resources

The following select excerpts from various sources are intended to provide some information (not exhaustive) in the area of “gender theory”/“gender ideology” and may be helpful for educational purposes in the pastoral and public policy context.

Author: USCCB

February 1 2017

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2015 Truth & Love Conference: Panel Discussion

Breakout session at 2015 Truth and Love Conference in Michigan. Download for the entire talk.

Author: Comiskey, Andrew; Beck, Robin; Prever, Joseph

August 11 2015

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32 YO Virgin Living the Feminist Dream

Through the virtue of chastity — true freedom and the perfection of love — Kate is living the feminist dream.

Author: Bryan, Kate

September 8 2016

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50 Questions on the Natural Law — What It Is and Why We Need It

Reflecting on the most persistent questions asked by his students over the years, Rice shows how the natural law works and how it is rooted in the nature of the human person whose Creator provided this law as a sure and knowable guide for man to achieve his end of eternal happiness.

Author: Rice, Dr. Charles E.

May 2 2011

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A Label that Sticks

Labels reinforce stereotypes and prejudices; they prevent us from accepting individuals and getting to know the real person.

Author: Scalia, Fr. Paul

June 13 2005

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A Paper on the Psychology of Forgiveness

Dr. Enright looks at forgiveness as a moral virtue and a form of therapy. He also examines the benefits of forgiveness education and forgiving communities.

Author: Enright, Dr. Robert

February 28 2011

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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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A Spiritual Plan to Redirect One’s Life

Official description: "Father Harvey is a moral theologian and an experienced counselor on homosexual matters. In this pamphlet he proposes a plan which homosexually-oriented persons may follow to achieve a chaste, productive and happy life"

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

1979

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Advice from The Game Plan

A summary of practical tips for growing in chastity, resisting temptation, and learning to confront challenging situations with compassion and love. Based primarily on Joe Dallas's book The Game Plan: The Men’s 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity.

Author: Sutton, Dr. Phil

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Against All Odds

"By exchanging my incomplete homosexual identity for a more complete one, I received a joy, a freedom and a spiritual fulfillment that I had never known existed." National Catholic Register

Author: Darrow, Paul

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An Authentic Response to a Devastating Crisis

An authentic response to the HIV/AIDS crisis is neither discrimination nor enabling silence. We owe love that recognizes the dignity of the human person, respects the sexual act as God intended it, and considers first the well-being of the other.

Author: Nichols, Arland K.

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