Posts Tagged ‘Homosexuality’

The “Sacramentality” of the Body and Same-Sex Marriage

The argument against same-sex “marriage” isn’t really about marriage; it’s about children – right? Well, yes and no. Actually, it’s primarily, or at least first, about the human body or bodies, before it is about either of those realities. The body, as Blessed Pope John Paul II has written, is the “sacrament” or “icon” of the person, male and female, revealing the deepest essence of who we are. Thus, what we do with...

Catholic Parishes Chartering Boy Scout Troops Risk Scandal

Well, that didn’t take long. On January 1, 2014, the Boys Scouts of America changed their membership policy to allow openly gay youths to be Boy Scouts. Now Pascal Tessier has become the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout. I know a great many Boy Scouts and Scouting families who are still saying the new policy will change little in their troops or in the Scouting experience. Think...

New York Clerk Refuses Same-Sex “Marriage” License

I was surprised by the following article:

Jefferson Center — Joan MacIntryre and Jane Andrews have dreamed of a wedding with all the trappings. Joan has pulled out all the stops to bring it all together. Jane is taking care of the flowers. Relatives are coming in from all over. The event is planned for late October, but now it seems it is not going to happen.

At least not...

Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part V here.

Continuing with the concept of “hard sayings,” few popes in modern history have been met with such open opposition as when Paul...

When “Rights” Are Wrong: In Opposition to Same-Sex Adoption

The cover of Time recently featured the headline “The Childfree Life.” China has for some time enforced the “one child policy.” With this policy, children have no siblings and ancestors only exist in the direct line. Millions of girls are aborted in preference to boys.

European populations are declining and dying for lack of children. Among both married couples and the unmarried, children conceived by in vitro fertilization are common. Few orphanages...

When Politics Trumps Good Medical Practice

The purposes of professional medical associations are to set standards of medical practice for their members, to support members in the practice of medicine, as well as to serve as a voice for their members in the formulation of health care policy. Each of these focus areas should be grounded in sound science and strong medical ethics. Unfortunately, the current medical climate undercuts these principles as more and more policy recommendations seek to advance...

Christian Freedom in a Secular World: Responding to Claims of “Homophobia”

Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D, a Catholic, is a clinical psychologist at the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California. In 1992, he and two psychiatrists founded NARTH (the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality). The organization’s membership now exceeds 1,000 worldwide. Dr. Nicolosi’s successes with Reparative Therapy are documented in his books, Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality and Case Stories of Reparative Therapy. His interviews with men and women who have left homosexuality, together with...

Looking at the Bottom Line on Marriage

There are those who attack traditional marriage and say this sacred institution should no longer be defined in terms of the procreation of the human race and the mutual love and support of a man and a woman. Such advocates of “redefining” marriage fail to understand that we do so at great risk.

There are plenty of moral arguments that deal with the need to defend traditional marriage. However, many refuse to recognize the...