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04/19/2007


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

Pallotti

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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Gay Man Poised to Become Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut

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Pedro Segarra, an openly gay attorney and President of the Hartford, Connecticut City Council, may soon be the city's mayor:

"The city charter specifies that the council president will succeed a mayor who leaves office before his term expires. Mayor Eddie A. Perez has promised to submit his resignation Friday following his conviction June 18 on bribery and extortion charges. Perez hasn't said when he actually will leave office. Segarra, 51, said his goal is for more than a change in his office nameplate. He said he hopes to restore public trust in the city's government and inspire more residents to get involved. 'I hope there is a transformation in the way politics are done in this city, so we don't repeat the mistakes of the past,' said Segarra, who would become the city's first openly gay mayor. He said the shift in responsibilities is one he never dreamed would happen."

More on Segarra's background here.


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