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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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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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Forgiveness is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope

This groundbreaking work demonstrates how forgiveness, approached in the correct manner, benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven. Filled with wisdom and warm encouragement, the book leads the reader on a path that will bring clarity and peace.

Author: Enright, Dr. Robert D.

January 1 2001

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Fortify: A Step Towards Recovery

Fortify was specifically designed to help individuals (particularly young people) struggling with pornography eventually reach long-lasting freedom. In this program you will find the tools, education, and resources necessary to help you or someone you love overcome this problem.

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Fr. Paul Check Radio Interview: Family Sanctuary Show/St. Gabriel Catholic Radio – Courage

An interview with Fr. Paul Check about the Courage Apostolate.

Author: St. Gabriel Catholic Radio

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Friendship and Holiness

Friendship is only possible in a sincere openness to give and receive a love which is true to Jesus in both its spiritual motivation and in its corporal expression. Friendship will require self-revelation, and thus trust and vulnerability. It proceeds from the deepest truth of the human person and aims for that same truth in the friend.

Author: Magee, Msgr. Peter

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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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G, L, B, T, Q, S… What’s your Identity?

The Church invites all of us to become the living reasons why someone might desire to see themselves first and foremost through the lens of Christ. God’s love will shine brighter through us as the “living reasons” if we strive to exemplify the fullness of virtue ourselves.

Author: Andrew

October 8 2014

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Gay Genes, Sexual Attractions, and the Call to Chastity

People often surmise that same-sex attraction is inborn, and that homosexuals are "naturally gay" or "born that way."

Author: Pacholczyk, Fr. Tad

July 15 2011

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Gender Identity Disorder in Children: Will Jack Be Happier if We All Pretend He’s Jill?

Important medical and psychological issues need to be considered before the educational, medical, political and judicial systems rush headlong into a process of affirming in youth and in their parents a fixed false belief that a person can be a sex that is not consistent with their biological and genetic identity and that such individuals have the right to transgender surgery.

Author: Fitzgibbons M.D., Rick

January 11 2015

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Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents

The American College of Pediatricians acknowledges the difficulties faced by children and families confronted with GID, and promote developmentally appropriate, evidence-based practices to support these children into late adolescence or young adulthood when resolution or treatment can be ethically supported.

Author: Van Meter M.D., Quentin (Principal Author)

March 14 2011

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Harms Suffered by Children with Same-Sex Parents

Research that compares children in the care of homosexual couples with those with man-woman parents has begun to show substantial harm in psychological and developmental outcomes. This backgrounder briefly summarizes the major findings.

Author: Sullins, Ph.D., Fr. D. Paul

January 22 2015

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Have I Been Asphalted? What May Unwanted Self-Defeating Habits (USDH’s) Mean and What Can I Do About Them?

Often, there are several reasons behind a motivation to act in a certain way, or behind the actual behavior. Keeping in mind that each person’s life experience is unique, Dr. Sutton comments briefly on what many persons who experience unwanted habits, including obsessive-compulsive behaviors may have experienced before their habit developed. He then addresses how to overcome self-defeating habits.

Author: Sutton, Dr. Phil

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