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Bullet Selected Books & Resources on Homosexuality .pdf>>
           From the Office for Religious Education, Archdiocese of Washington

Church DocumentsBooksResources & Web SitesWhere to Find The Resources

Church Documents (many are available in Spanish)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, 1997, 2357-2359. The Catholic Church's concise moral position on homosexuality.

Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan, Pope John Paul II, Daughters of St. Paul, 1997. A collection of papal teachings on how God originally ordered human love and sexuality.

On the Regulation of Human Life, Pope Paul VI, 1968. Papal teaching on how human sexuality must be open to love and the possibility of procreation.

The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, Pope John Paul II, 1981. Papal teaching on what a family is, what a family does, and how a family builds society.

Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 3, 2003. An instruction about the socio-political problems associated with same-sex marriage.

Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1975. Shows how certain sexual behaviors are not consistent with the Church's moral teachings.

The Truth and the Meaning of Human Sexuality, The Pontifical Council for the Family, 1995. Provides definition and direction on how to educate and understand human sexuality.

Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, The National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Board, 1997. Policy and guidelines on how to integrate and implement moral teachings on human sexuality.

To Live in Christ Jesus – The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1976. Brings clarity and direction to the stated truths about homosexuality.

Catechesis On Human Sexuality – Guidelines for Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education Programs, Archdiocese of Washington, Office for Religious Education, 1993. Policy and guidelines on how to integrate and implement moral teachings on human sexuality.

Books

The Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Dr. Joseph and Linda Nicolosi, Intervarsity Press, 2002. Addresses strategies to restore a child's gender identity, esteem, and relationships.

Beyond Gay by David Morrison, Our Sunday Visitor, 1999. A personal account of how a man experiences God's forgiveness and healing as he follows the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Truth About Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful, Rev. John F. Harvey OSFS, Ignatius Press, 1997. A genuine Catholic response that addresses the complex moral, pastoral, and psychological. questions regarding same-sex attraction.

The Courage to be Chaste, Rev. Benedict Groeschel, Paulist Press, 1985. A practical and spiritual guide on living chastity for men and women who experience same-sex attraction.

Resources & Web Sites

  • www.amazon.com for The Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality

  • Catholic Educator’s Resource Center, resources which effectively communicate the power and beauty of Catholic faith and culture. Current Issues at http://www.catholiceducation.org/

  • "Courage: Into the Light (Part One)” and “Courage: The Cry of the Faithful (Part Two)” Videotapes available by calling 866-BE-CHASTE or www.courageRC.net + Spanish

  • Daughters of St. Paul at http://www.pauline.org for Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan and Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Homosexuality & Hope – Statement of the Catholic Medical Association, (CMA) 2000, at http://www.cathmed.org/ + Spanish. Scientific facts & practical experiences of the CMA.

  • Ignatius Press at http://www.ignatius.com for The Truth About Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful

  • Mary Beth Bonacci’s article, "Is Kimberly a Lesbian?" – Pressure to self-identify as “gay” puts damper on teen friendship at http://www.reallove.net Articles, Chastity 2001-07-20

  • Our Sunday Visitor at www.osv.com; Search by author for Beyond Gay

  • Paulist Press at www.paulistpress.com for The Courage to Be Chaste

Where to Find The Resources

Church Documents (many are available in Spanish)

From The Vatican – www.vatican.va/roman_curia/ Search by author/title then scroll by date

  • On Human Life (Humanae Vitae), Pope Paul VI, 1968

  • The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, Pope John Paul II, 1981.

  • Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 3, 2003

  • Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Concerns of Homosexual
    Persons
    , Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, October 1, 1986

  • Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1975.

  • The Truth and the Meaning of Human Sexuality, The Pontifical Council for the Family, 1995

From The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at http://www.usccb.org

  • Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care (USCCB, 2006).

  • Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions
    (USCCB, 2003).

  • Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, 1997, The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, now the USCCB

  • To Live in Christ Jesus, 1976, The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, now the USCCB

From The Archdiocese of Washington

  • Catechesis On Human Sexuality – Guidelines for Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education Programs, 1993, Office for Religious Education (301-853-4506)

Revised August, 2007