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Hudson Byblow

Author: Ministry Website

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Spiritual Direction, Therapy, and the Directee

Author: Bracken CP, Fr. W. Jerome, Ph.D.; Valdés, Maria R., Ph.D.; Harvey OSFS, Fr. John, Ph.D.

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

Author: Schmitz, Fr. Michael

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The Good Samaritan: Jesus Explains the Incarnation

Fr. Check's homily delivered at the 2013 White Mass in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Author: Fr. Paul N. Check


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The Health Risks of Gay Sex

Encouraging people to engage in risky sexual behavior undermines good health and can result in a shortened life span.

Author: Diggs M.D., John R., Jr.

January 1 2002

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The Homosexual Person: New Thinking in Pastoral Care

Fr. John F. Harvey, O.S.F.S. Harvey discusses the teachings of the Church on homosexuality, outlines theories about the origins of homosexuality, and evaluates the views of dissenting theologians.

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

October 1 1987

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The New Atlantis: Sexuality & Gender Issue, Number 50 Fall 2016

Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives.

Author: Drs. Paul McHugh & Lawrence Mayer

Fall 2016

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The Psychotherapy of “Sex Reassignment” Surgery: Assessing Its Medical, Psychological, and Ethical Appropriateness

Is it ethical to perform a surgery whose purpose is to make a male look like a female or a female to appear male? Is it medically appropriate? Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) violates basic medical and ethical
principles and is therefore not ethically or medically appropriate.

Author: Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., Philip M. Sutton, and Dale O'Leary


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The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition): Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On

This revised, Catholic version offers spiritual and practical advice for both men and women seeking to live chastely in a world that glorifies sex. Eden offers tips to help readers avoid temptation and live faithfully—including dressing modestly, but not being afraid to feel good about the way they look; trusting that God has a plan for their life and relationships; and making sure their “yes” comes from the heart.

Author: Dawn Eden

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The Truth About Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful

Fr. Harvey, a pioneer in the pastoral care of same-sex attracted persons through his organization Courage, gives a comprehensive view of the issues involved in homosexuality.

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

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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

December 8 1995

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The Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name — Catholic Teachings on Homosexuality

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and other Church authorities speak with the Register about how to discuss this sensitive issue in contemporary America

Author: Judy Roberts

April 24 2015

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The Victory App

The fight for freedom from pornography is a battle you can win. But, every battle needs a plan.

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Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution

At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. "Sex change" is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.

Author: Dr. Paul McHugh


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Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.

Author: Dr. Paul McHugh

June 10 2015

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