On Saturday 15th September we will be holding a special service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for 25 years of Courage in London see the flier here on the Home Page. This event will mark the end of the Courage ministry as it currently operates. In practice, this means that my role in organising regular meetings, retreats etc.
Courage endorses all official teachings of the Catholic Church that condemn homosexuality and urges gay Catholics to strictly conform to the edicts of the Vatican. Courage agrees with the Rome that:. Statements such as this lead to intense feelings of shame and self-loathing.
The Church, following examples of the Lord, extends the invitation of mercy and grace to everyone. The Catholic apostolate of Courage was founded in by Fr. He passed away inbut his work has expanded across the globe to minister to those with same-sex attraction.
Miller recently spoke of his experiences as a same-sex attracted man during a talk last month at St. Jude Parish in Chalfont. More than 30 attendees attended the presentation, which Miller gave as a speaker for Courage International, an apostolate of Catholics who experience same-sex attraction and who are committed to lives of chastity. Founded in New York City inthe outreach is guided by priest chaplains who provide spiritual direction to members as they meet for prayer, fellowship and mutual support.
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Courage is the Catholic Church's only pontifically approved ministry which is specifically committed to providing spiritual support for persons with same-sex attraction who are striving to live chastely, offering help to grow in understanding with others toward living more fully the Church's teachings. Courage and Encourage are respectively two spiritual support groups helping Catholic men and women — and their families — to live in accordance with Catholic Church's pastoral teaching on homosexuality. In addition to individual counseling, these support groups very often conduct their sessions with the assistance of the 12 Step format developed by Alcoholics Anonymous.
At 15, I was active in high school ministry and discerning a place in the priesthood. At 16, I had my first sexual experience with another man. At 18, I found myself in a confessional, confronted by a priest who said I must choose between my love for both the church and my so-called sexual liberation.
Courage Internationalalso known as Courage Apostolate and Courage for short, is an approved apostolate of the Catholic Church that counsels "men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love". The organization runs support groups led by a priest to encourage its members to abstain from acting on their sexual desires and to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. Courage also has a ministry geared towards the relatives and friends of gay people called Encourage. Courage has received criticism from other LGBT advocacy groups, including dissident Catholic groups such as the New Ways Ministrywhich say that Courage's methods are "problematic and very dangerous to people's spiritual health".
Persons with a homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and aid on this path.