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Hudson Byblow

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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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Observations Concerning the Revised Text of Always Our Children

After reading the text of the Revised Always Our Children (RAOC), in Origins, vol. 28, #7,
July 2, 1998, I regard it as a distinct improvement over the flawed October 1, 1997 document,
but it is still characterized by a misleading use of terms and by failure to provide specific kinds
of guidance for Catholic parents of children with same-sex attractions.

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

July 6 1998

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Our Hearts are Restless

I have just watched an extraordinary and deeply moving film, soon to be released by the Catholic apostolate Courage, called "Desire of the Everlasting Hills". It is knit together, like a polychronic chorale, from the personal witnesses of three people, two men and one woman, who have come out of a life of sexual sin and into the wonderful light of Christ. By “wonderful” I do not suggest breathless good cheer and drinks all around. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Author: Esolen, Anthony

July 22 2014

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Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope

Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her.

Author: Yuan, Christopher and Yuan, Angela

May 3 2011

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Overcoming the Masturbation Habit

A comprehensive treatment of the topic, replete with psychological insights, moral considerations, and pastoral advice.

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

June 13 1993

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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

June 1 2011

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Professing faith, professing medicine: Physicians and the call to evangelize

This paper, originally an address to medical students, considers the role of Catholic physicians as evangelizers, those who spread the message and values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Author: Bochanski, Fr. Philip G.

February 1 2014

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Providing Hope in the Midst of Despair: A Person-Centered Response to AIDS

Dr. Timothy Flanigan gives an inspirational presentation at the 2012 Courage Conference in Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD.

Author: Flanigan, Dr. Timothy

August 28 2012

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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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RECLAiM Sexual Health

RECLAiM Sexual Health offers a science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program and other resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their lives and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.

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Recommended Reading by Fr. Paul Check

Includes titles on anthropology, spirituality, homosexuality, chastity & sexual wounds.

Author: Check, Fr. Paul

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Romance Porn: More Women Are Addicted Than You Think

It is a case in point: our culture considers romance novels to be a harmless hobby, almost like scrapbooking. No wonder that many female readers of these books do not even recognize that they are addicted to pornography, or that these books are twisting their brains in the same way that visual pornography is debilitating their husbands.

Author: Singh, Lea Z.

July 21 2016

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Same Sex Attraction: Catholic Teaching and Pastoral Practice

This practical booklet explains the experience of same-sex attraction, examines the related moral issues, and offers sound pastoral guidance.

Author: Harvey OSFS, Fr. John

January 1 2007

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