Harvey, John F.
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The late Terence Cardinal Cooke of New York invited the Rev. John F. Harvey, O.S.F.S. in November of 1978 to come to his archdiocese to establish a spiritual support system for men and women with homosexual inclinations who desire to live chaste lives. With the help of the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., and others, Fr. Harvey began the first meeting in September, 1980 at the Shrine of Mother Seton in South Ferry. Since then Courage continues to be sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York and the free-will gifts of its members and supporters.

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Recognizing and Treating Same-Sex Attractions in Children

Parents who think their children may have same-sex attractions can look for specific signs and seek effective psychological and spiritual treatment for their kids, says an expert in the field.

Date posted: 2005-10-01

Source of Same-Sex Attractions in Children: Parenting and Social Influences

Most children who experiment with same-sex attractions as young adults are already predisposed to homosexual behavior because of their home environment, says a pastoral specialist.

Date posted: 2005-10-01

Courage's Response to the Contemporary Challenge of the Worldwide Gay Movement.

How to communicate this truth and the teaching of our Church to a western culture which lacks basic knowledge of moral principles and which accepts uncritically the "gay" lifestyle is our challenge. Courage accepts the challenge and turns to all of you for help. We may not succeed in reaching the majority of those whom we address, but, with the help of God, we can lead many to a life of chastity. As Cardinal Francis George said last October 7th, 1999, "To doubt that we are capable of living chastely is equivalent to denying the resurrection of Christ from the dead."

The practice of the five goals of Courage leads a person to a life of interior chastity and union with Christ. With the help of God, Courage will continue to spread the message of truth concerning the chaste life.

Date posted: 2001-12-31

Pastoral Implications of Church Teaching on Homosexuality

The homosexual lifestyle is promoted by the secular media and by homosexual organizations throughout Western culture. They assume that one is born homosexual and that, once one has the orientation, one is not able to be rid of it. Indeed, one does not desire to be heterosexual, instead one looks forward to finding a steady lover with whom one can settle down, as if one were married. To remain celibate would be a form of sexual suicide. All "gay" persons have a right to full sexual expression, these proponents argue, just like straight people in marriage.

Opposing this philosophy of life are the Catholic Church, some Orthodox churches and Protestant communions, and some Jewish groups. It is necessary now to state the Roman Catholic teaching and to show how we can put it into practice through a spiritual support group known as Courage.

Date posted: 2001-12-01