Group helps homosexually inclined to live the teachings of the Church

Few practicing Catholics know such an group exists. Most Catholics only hear about dissident homosexual groups. But Courage is an organization working within the Church to assist homosexuals to remain chaste and faithful to Church teachings on same-sex attraction. And it now claims almost a hundred chapters worldwide and is continuing to grow.

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“Encourage” Helps Families With Children Suffering Same-Sex Attraction


For Catholic families faced with the often unexpected confession of a child’s same-sex attraction, there has often been little support for the traumatic grief that followed. That was until Encourage, the sister organization to Courage which was reported on last week, was founded a little over a decade ago. As one document noted, it seeks to “offer faithful witness to Catholic teaching on sexual morality while meeting the needs of its members with charity and compassion.” Encourage chapters are now in fifteen U.S. cities.

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New Research Shows Dangers of Condoms in HIV Prevention

Availability of condoms statistically increase promiscuity and risk of contracting HIV according to medical experts who presented their findings on the “ABC” approach to the HIV/Pandemic in Washington, DC last week. The presentations, hosted by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, were critical of the insistence by some NGO’s and policy makers that the “C” (condom) approach will stem the tide of the pandemic.

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New Study Shows the US Spends Far More on Contraceptives than Abstinence

The financial balance sheet between abstinence and safe-sex programs within the United States has been little known, but many assume that the money spent between the two approaches is equitable. According to new report published by the Heritage Foundation, however, the United States government spends “$12 to promote contraception for every dollar spent to encourage abstinence.”

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New European Studies Show Homosexual Marriage Harms Marriage in General

Proponents of gay marriage frequently argue that allowing for it would have no affect whatsoever on the institution of marriage itself. Former Harvard anthropologist Stanley Kurtz, writing in the current issue of the Weekly Standard, reports on various European studies that challenge this argument. Kurtz reports that in those countries where full homosexual marriage rights have been granted, marriage and indeed concrete family structures have been considerably weakened.

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Think-tank urges pro-life politicians to appeal to post-abortive women

A new report just issued by the Elliot Institute suggests that pro-life political candidates can find fertile ground by making a more direct appeal to women who have had abortions, estimated by some at 30 million. According to the report, post abortive women might vote for pro-abortion politicians not because they believe abortion betters the lives of women, but because they perceive pro-abortion politicians to care more for women.

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Vatican Cardinal Defends Church Against Attacks by BBC

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, recently issued a defense of Church teachings against the charges presented in the BBC documentary “Sex and the Holy City,” which aired on the eve of Pope John Paul’s 25th anniversary in October of 2003. Widely criticized in Catholic circles, the film held the Church responsible for thousands of deaths due to her doctrinal position against the use of condoms.

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Institute Teaches Psychology with a Christian Perspective

The societal trend of seeking greater understanding of the human mind may be observed everywhere, from self-help guides in bookstore windows to popular television talk shows. The desire to gain this understanding often leads to avenues within the mental health community that do not practice what some see as the necessary holistic approach to the human person. The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school accredited in 1999 for clinical psychology, however, seeks to incorporate this holistic approach into the training of mental health care professionals.

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Woman-Centered Campaigns Thought to be Final Argument to End Abortion

When abortion was legalized in the United States over thirty years ago, proponents of the procedure argued that it was somehow good for women, that it would give them a greater freedom over their lives and their bodies. Though this argument is still made today, a wave of reports and groups are increasingly challenging that assertion. In fact, even reports from Planned Parenthood’s Alan Gutmacher Institute are concluding that women choose abortion because they have no choice, that they are pressured by economic, familial, and emotion forces.

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