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Living the Gift: Understanding & Loving those with Same Sex Attraction
December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Living the Gift: Church Teaching on Love, Sex and Marriage
St. Anthony Parish Adult Formation Series, 2019-2020
This series of presentations will help you understand and appreciate the Catholic Church’s beautiful teachings on love, sex, and marriage. In addition to showing how natural law, social science, and personal stories can help us better understand those teachings, the series will address confusions about marriage and sexuality in our culture today. The reading list was designed for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by CanaVox, an international, ecumenical marriage movement supported by the Witherspoon Institute. There are short readings and/or videos available below. Participants will get more out of the seminar if they read/watch this material in advance of the meeting. The series will be led by Nathan and Elizabeth Schlueter. Nathan is a professor of philosophy and religion at Hillsdale College and Elizabeth is the Michigan state director for CanaVox. They have been married for 22 years and have nine children. All are welcome, Catholic or non-Catholic. We will meet at 8:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
December 3: Understanding & Loving those with Same Sex Attraction
Blackstone Films, The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church (Personal stories of men and women with same-sex attraction who are Catholic) (38-min video)
During this session, participants will explore the complex and sensitive topic of same-sex attraction (SSA) with three goals: 1) to better understand the hypotheses about the contributing factors that can lead to SSA 2) to understand the beauty of the Catholic Church’s moral teachings on SSA and 3) to grapple with how each one of us can push ourselves to show authentic friendship towards those who experience SSA, while taking care not to endorse activities that condone unchaste same-sex behavior.
For Further Study:
Family Watch International, Understanding Same Sex Attraction (Research about the causes that contribute to feelings of same-sex attraction with personal interviews) (30-min video)
Katrina Tufaro and Ana Samuel, “Noteworthy Notes on the Causes of SSA” (Because this reading session has a longer reading list, participants might skim this essay if they are pressed for time since it goes deeper into the science.)
USCCB, “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care” (2006), pp. 2-7
An EnCourage Mom, “Loving our Children with Same-Sex Attractions: One Mother’s Story”
Jordan Bunch, My Friendship with Brent Baily (8-min video)
Dear Katy, Invited to a Same-Sex Wedding (3-min video)
Dear Katy, Loving Family Despite Lifestyle Differences (3-min video)