Courage is a world-wide apostolate of the Catholic Church that reaches out to serve and minister to persons with same-sex attraction. The Newman Society works with Courage to help Catholic colleges provide the needed support to those struggling with same-sex attraction.
The passage in question from the Extraordinary Synod report focuses on the Church’s outreach to such persons:
He told the Register:
Many in the media have been quick to use the wording of the document to signal a change in the tone of the Church, if not official Church teaching. Father Robert Barron called for a pause, recognizing that this is only a working document which represents no official teaching of the Church, and that the English translation can be misinterpreted as accepting same-sex attraction as a good in and of itself.
Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, spoke shortly after the release of the document to respond to the many reactions and provide an updated translation that sought to distinguish between pastoral care to homosexuals and approval of their lifestyle. He, and others involved in the Synod, made a point to confirm that Church teaching on homosexuality is not changing, according to Catholic News Agency.
Fr. Check reportedly invited the Synod Fathers to view Courage’s recent film, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, on which the Newman Society previously reported.
Last year, the Newman Society initiated a conference call between Courage and student life and campus ministry officials from Catholic colleges. Courage staff provided advice on ministering to students with same-sex attraction. Additionally, in conjunction with the Society’s request, Courage held a special workshop for campus ministers and student life leaders from Catholic colleges.
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