During an interview on August 19, 2013 (complete text is on the Vatican website), Pope Francis spoke about homosexual persons, saying: “We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.”
This page contains some resources which are available to help those with same-sex attraction to live chastity in Christ.
The Third Way
The Third Way is a documentary produced by Blackstone Films that goes a long way toward following the urging of Pope Francis to "consider the person" in the area of homosexuality. Told from the perspective of several people living with same-sex attraction, it gives a glimpse into world of our brothers and sisters engaged in this battle. It details the silent desperation and hurts they have endured, often at the hands of Christians. At the same time, it offers hope as they recount the deeply penetrating joy and fulfillment they have come to experience through discovering their dignity as beloved sons and daughters of God invited to live out love in a unique and thoroughly authentic way. The film also features insights and commentary by Catholic experts such as Father Mike Schmitz, Christopher West, Chris Stefanick, and Jason Evert.
The Third Way (YouTube) is an excellent resource for those struggling with same-sex attraction, friends and family members, church workers, those engaged in men's or women's ministries, or anyone who wants to better understand and love someone with same-sex attraction.
“Courage” is an international Catholic apostolic outreach to persons with same-sex attraction (resources). It was begun in 1980 in the Archdiocese of New York. However, persons with homosexual desires have always been with us; until recent times, there has been little, if any, formal outreach from the Church in the way of support groups or information for such persons. Most were left to work out their path on their own. As a result some found themselves listening to and accepting the secular society’s perspective and opting to act on their same-sex desires. Others are looking to the Church for guidance and support.
Being a family in the current age can be a challenge. To help address some of the issues that families face today, “Courage” is now available in the Fargo-Moorhead area (contact information is listed below), to assist Catholics with same-sex attraction to live their life in accord with the Catholic teaching on the meaning of human sexuality and chastity.
The following five goals of Courage were created by the members themselves, when Courage was founded. Members are called to practice them in their daily lives:
- To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality (Chastity).
- To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist (Prayer and Dedication).
- To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone (Fellowship).
- To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships (Support).
- To live lives that may serve as good examples to others (Good Example/Role Model).
Contact Information in Fargo-Moorhead
If you or someone you know area suffers with same-sex attraction and may be interested in participating in Courage in the Fargo (ND) / Moorhead (MN) area, please refer them to the following contact information: 701-356-7960. E-mail: fargomoorheadcourage(at)gmail(dot)com. (All contacts are kept confidential.)
Visit the national Courage website at couragerc.net. Here are some resources which are available: