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Hartford Archdiocese Launches Abstinence Program for Gay Catholics Called 'Courage': VIDEO


The Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut has launched a new program called 'Courage' which encourages gay Catholics to live a 'chaste' life by abstaining from having sex, whether they are legally married (as is possible in the state) or not, the NYDN reports:

The controversial ministry group, called Courage, will offer confidential counseling to gay church members who are “struggling” to reconcile their sexual orientation with Vatican teachings, a church official told the Daily News.

“We want to reach out to people in the Roman Catholic Church who often struggle with the church’s moral position,” Deacon Robert Pallotti told The News. “The church is not against people with same-sex attraction, just their acting out sexually.”

He said people who voluntarily seek out the program will be “affirmed and supported as Roman Catholics trying to remain faithful to church teachings.”

The ministry will promote abstinence, he confirmed, but it will accept that gay people are born with their sexual orientation.

Watch a CNN report on the new program, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Yesterday's L A "Times" carried the story of the resignation of Gabino Zavala, a Roman Catholic auxiliary (assistant) bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who has admitted that he has two illegitimate teenaged children.

    Celibacy does not work because it is biologically unnatural. It never has worked and never will.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 6, 2012 4:51:41 PM

  2. Having seen how well abstinence has worked for the priests, I don't think they have any credibility on this subject.

    Really, they need to STFU.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 7, 2012 6:38:17 AM


    Posted by: Gay American | Jan 9, 2012 3:17:55 PM

  4. I wish there was more tolerance from the gay community for those who have same-sex attractions (regardless of cause) but choose not to live a homosexual lifestyle. If someone including me chooses to deny a part of ourselves to follow what we believe to be greater part of ourselves, what is that to any of you? Would you want someone calling your life a lie or disrespecting your most personal/religious beliefs? Is it really necessary to say, "self loathing cowardly closet cases"?? 25+ years so far and I've managed pretty well. I've got a full time job that pays very well, and I have great friends where my emotional needs are being met. Some of them do know about this, and it's actually pretty awesome knowing them as brothers instead of sexual partners. So, you don't agree with me? That's your right. I don't agree with you either, but I'm not the one insulting your lifestyle. I wish more people could find a way to agree to disagree for the sake of peace. Life's too short, you know?

    Posted by: luctamur | Apr 3, 2012 2:27:53 AM

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