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Homosexuality and the Path to Hope

I have said in previous posts that it is possible some cases of homosexual attraction are caused by irreversible conditions, such as genetic endowment or irreversible trauma. According to a rather extensively documented review by the Catholic Medical Association, entitled CMA Homosexuality and Hope, there are no established (i.e., duplicatable and duplicated) studies implicating genetic origins.

Instruction Author's Commentary

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The new instruction was written by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski. Zenit has just published an interview with the Cardinal here. As I mentioned in my post, there is no actual ambiguity in the wording of the document, and the Cardinal's comments make it clear that "deap-seated homosexual tendency" simply refers to a homosexual inclination that is not transitory, as I said in my prior post.

Full text of the instruction on Gays in the seminary

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The full text of the instruction is available here.

Regarding the Virtus program

In view of my error, as admitted in the previous post, I find it ironic that the violation of the innocence principle seems to be endemic to schools these days, even Catholic schools. A report on the so-called Virtus program, now being adopted in Catholic Schools, can be found at Catholic Parents OnLine. A further reflection, given in a homily by Fr. Robert Altier, shows the moral outrage of a good priest.

I stand corrected!

On December 8th, 1995, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued an instruction, entitled, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education within the Family. In that instruction, the Council, under the signature of Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Council Secretary, declared in paragraph 83,

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