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The Jesus Brothers

What is so special about Homosexuals Anonymous and the Jason ministry?

What is so special about Homosexuals Anonymous (www.homosexuals-anonymous.com) and the Jason ministry (http://jason-online.webs.com) ? What is characteristic for our ministries? In short: We are truly family. In our groups – both local and online – and between the leaders you will find a very warmhearted atmosphere. That does not mean it is not going rough at times, but the brotherly love always takes us through.

In our group meetings we do not simply share own experiences. We follow the concept of Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)). Especially men need to cheer one another, but also encourage, advise, and support one another. A woman is born a woman – a man has to become a man, and he does so through a lively interaction with other men. That means we want our members to comment on what their brothers (and sisters) did or said – and not just swallow it down as if this is none of their business and as if advise is something bad.

Many of our members stay for a long period of time – others leave early. Recovery does not have a set schedule as the causes for same-sex attractions are many and each member deals with different ones. Our members are free to come back anytime once they leave if they wish to. If a member falls, we do not throw him or her out, we try to help him or her get back on track again by finding out why this happened and how future falls can be prevented.

Decisions among the leaders are being taken in brotherly accord.

Our leaders usually are mature men of faith: Pastors, therapists, Christian counselors and the like.

We see our 14 steps as a tool – one tool among many others. They are NOT the end; they are a means to the end of seeking freedom from same-sex attractions and living a godly life. We are not concentrating on the 14 steps per se in a legalistic manner as if the salvation of the earth depended on them. That is why we include all sorts of tools and resources in our program and are also able to shape it for special groups of people (like Muslims). Many factors contributed to the development of our same-sex attractions and to believe that one single program is good enough for everybody to deal with those factors, that one size fits all, would be a sign of arrogance & pride and thus not helpful for our members. We do not exist for our own sake or to glorify our own name, but the name of Jesus. We also work together with many other groups, organizations & churches – both secular and religious. We offer our help and support to Jews, Muslims, people of other faiths – and no faiths – without compromising our Christian heritage.

We do not ask anything from our members but the will to be free. They do not have to be Christians. However, they should be aware that this is a Christ-centered program and at least be open to work with those parts of the program they feel comfortable with.

There are only a few rules for those participating in our groups: No doctrinal discussions, no insulting of other members, no overly graphic and/or dirty language, no inappropriate behavior among the members.

Our members are encouraged to contribute and share stuff they consider helpful. This stuff does not necessarily have to be related directly to same-sex attractions or the 14 steps. As I already mentioned many biological, social, psychological, emotional & spiritual factors contributed to the development of our same-sex attractions, which in turn means that recovery has to deal with a wider context that includes all those areas as well. Some share songs, others talk or organize leisure activities etc.

We are non-denominational. That means, we do not have to focus on doctrinal questions, on fitting into church policies, on looking good enough from the outside to be “presentable” as part of a church, on not being allowed to use or talk about certain things that would not be in line with our denomination, on getting approval from elders or pastors and so on. All of that would lead us astray from our goal of seeking freedom of same-sex attractions.

Finally: All of our services are for free. That does not mean that what we are doing does not cost us anything. This is why we need to ask for donations. However, nobody that seeks help will have to pay anything for it.

We are here to love and serve people with unwanted same-sex attractions and their loved ones as well as anybody interested in that subject like Christ would. He is our head and our foundation – and Him we follow.


Robert


Every sick person deserves compassion and necessary care and treatment. This does not mean, however, that you cannot say an open word as to the causes for this sickness.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are accountable for a high percentage of persons with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In Germany, you can check the numbers for yourself here: www.rki.de. Included are not even follow-up diseases like drug addictions, mental problems, physical diseases and so on that result from a high-risk lifestyle only all too common among some of the men with same-sex attractions ("homosexuals"). Obviously, safer-sex campaigns don't work as they should (aside the fact that they do not protect against all STDs, they also start at the end of the chain. Teaching the true meaning of love, marriage and sex might do a far better job). Society has to pay the high costs of the health treatments of those persons then. The same society that is usually blamed for as being "homophobic". However, it is not this society whom you can blame for when you become sick because of irresponsible sexual behavior. It is no other than yourself.
Bringing this up is politically not correct. I will even top it with this: Whoever lives in a monogamous, heterosexual, lifelong Christian marriage will not become HIV or any of the other health problems mentioned above. Some will not like that, but it definitely needs to be said.
We help financing gay public events and the gay movement in general, when the outcome is more than shocking - and oftentimes irresponsible.

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Statement of the Board of Restored Hope Network in Response to the Announced Closure of Exodus

We, the Board of Restored Hope Network, grieve the decision of Alan Chambers and the board of Exodus to close down this venerable organization. It feels like the unnecessary death of a dear friend. It would have been better for them to have stepped aside and allowed others to carry on the message of hope for transformed lives. Although the timing of the news was a surprise to many, the shutting down of Exodus is the not-unexpected outcome of a cheap grace theology that severs the confession of Christ as Savior from the confession of Christ as Lord. While some falsely proclaim that a transformed life is optional for Christians, the united witness of Jesus and the writers of Scripture are clear: In God’s grace true saving faith results in a life of holiness and sexual purity. Thankfully God does not leave his people without a witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The Restored Hope Network was formed in 2012 to provide just such a witness. We welcome all those cast adrift by recent events to know that God is still faithful.

“I am so thankful that Restored Hope Network exists at this time to continue the message of transformation and new life in Christ.”
--Frank Worthen, one of the founders of Exodus (1976) and of the Restored Hope Network (2012)


Statement of George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Regarding United States Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases June 26, 2013
This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued rulings in two highly anticipated same-sex marriage cases: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

I am grateful that the Supreme Court upheld the right of the states to legally define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, rather than striking down such laws via judicial fiat.

However, I am concerned that the Court's uniformly negative portrayal of opponents of same-sex marriage in United States v. Windsor is both false and demeaning. And I am concerned that its Fifth Amendment reasons for overturning the federal definition of marriage (in the Defense of Marriage Act) will be used in the future to overturn similar state definitions.

It is especially disturbing that Justice Kennedy, in his majority opinion, identified "animus" against homosexuals as one motivating factor in the adoption of the Congressional Defense of Marriage Act. To apply the word "animus" to those who hold to the view that marriage is reserved for a man and woman is an inflammatory accusation that ignores our principled arguments and demeans our motives.

You see this animus in Christians being labeled as haters, homophobes and bigots when the reverse is true. Humanitarian care and love for neighbor is a timeless value demonstrated daily by Christians. If the culture can dehumanize followers of Christ by attaching hateful labels to them, then it's only a matter of time until Christians are first marginalized for their faith, deprived of their 1st amendment rights, and ultimately persecuted.

Americans disagree about the advisability of same-sex marriage. In their often-heated debates, they deserve to have their reasons and motivations portrayed honestly by the other side. And they deserve the right to resolve these issues at the ballot box, one way or another. This is the essence of self-government.

In his dissent, Justice Scalia predicted that this decision was only the first shoe to drop. As American culture shifts away from its Judeo-Christian heritage, the speed of that shift will only be accelerated in the days to come.

The decision today is a call to Christians to fervently pray and actively work for a great spiritual awakening in our land. God tells us what to do now: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Hi guys, 
I mentioned about a teen in our church that had come out and said he was gay.
I was trying to figure out what to say to him, and while I was doing that, he moved out of his mom's house and moved to his Dad's house in Georgia. I have really felt that I needed to say something to him about his SSA so this is the letter that I sent him on Facebook today.
I decided to leave out my own struggles for now.
Todd

M,
How are you doing? I see that you are living in Georgia now?!?! How did that happen? I knew you had moved out from your mom's but, Georgia seems like a hike from NJ.

I follow your posts on Facebook. I saw you had some big news that you announced. You announced that you believe you are gay. If it's ok, I would like to talk with you about that. If not, then that's ok, too. Either way, it doesn't change my ongoing interest in how you are doing nor my desire to see God's best for you.

I think you are absolutely right when you said in one of your posts, that no one can change anyone else. My intention is to not say you have to change, but I would like to present to you maybe something you haven't heard before and to hear back from you what you think about it. Again, after you read the remainder of this note if you do not wish to continue this discussion, I respect you enough as a human being that I can accept that without rejecting you.

Not sure where to start, so I guess I will just jump in with both feet here. I know you have heard a lot about accepting your feelings and embracing your attractions, defining yourself by them. But I am wondering if you have ever heard about those who have had the same attractions you have and have said that they felt that God had a different plan for them and so instead of embracing those attractions, they sought to respond to them in a different way. With help many were able to find a life of joy that they felt more accurately reflected who, they felt, they were inside.

I remember when you came home from a youth retreat and gave testimony about how God had touched your body. Do you still believe that he did that? Do you still believe that he has a plan for your life? Do you believe that he cares for you and wants what is best for you?
If you say yes to any of those things, then would you be open to consider that maybe there is a different way to respond to the attractions you feel? That possibly God's plan for your life may be bigger than the attractions you feel?

No one can say what God's plan for your life is, you need to wrestle with that with God. But if you are open I would be willing to help you find someone who is not religiously based and understands same sex attractions and has talked to many men who both have questioned their sexuality as well as decided later to embrace their sexuality. If you have ever questioned your attractions, it is worth trying to settle any doubts either one way or the other.

So I am curious to know what you think about all this.
I am sure you have probably heard a lot of comments from people, so I hope as you read this you really see my sincere care for you.
I look forward to hearing back from you and hearing all about your adventures in Georgia.
Todd

APA

Two quotes from the American Psychiatric Association (taken from here: http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/people/lgbt-sexual-orientation. April 1st, 2013):

"In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association’s Board of Trustees removed homosexuality from its official diagnostic manual, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition (DSM II). The action was taken following a review of the scientific literature and consultation with experts in the field. The experts found that homosexuality does not meet the criteria to be considered a mental illness."

"No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality."

Let me get this straight: In 1973 they removed homesexuality from their diagnostic manual, after a "review" of "scientific" literature and consultation with "experts". It does not fit the criteria of a mental illness. To this day, however, they say that no one knows what causes homosexuality. In other words: Those "experts" have no idea what they are talking about, but it sure is no mental illness. And the "scientific" literature supports that view. I wonder what defines "scientific" then. I am just a simple dude from the country, but doesn't "scientific" refer to that what can be measured or watched or proven in some sort of way?

Could it be that even today they don't have the guts to say that it was not science, but political pressure that made them take it off the manual list?

Robert

Homosexuals Anonymous Press Release

Keith Willingham, Director

U.S. Office of Personnel Management


Re: Proposed Regulations for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) RIN 3206-AM68


Dear Mr. Willingham:


I am founder and executive director or two organizations (Acceptance Fellowship Ministries, Est 1980 and Homosexuals Anonymous, a step type group that has been very active since 1979)  who support the former-gay community, homosexuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their friends & families. We try to ensure that former-gays and their supporters can be open, honest, safe, and respected in a society where it is  increasingly difficult and sometimes dangerous to even express the fact that we exist.

 We submit these comments in response to the proposed Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) regulations of new prohibitions of discrimination on the bases of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."  The CFC is a program run by the federal government which strongly encourages federal government employees to contribute a portion of their paycheck to a charity of their choice.  Last year, over $258 million was raised for charities.  The federal government is now proposing to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its regulations for participating charities.

Specifically, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (78 Fed. Reg. 20820, April 8, 2013) proposes to amend the current provision on "Prohibited Discrimination" (5 CFR §950.110) to include sexual orientation and gender identity:

"Discrimination for or against any individual or group on account of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other nonmerit-based factor is prohibited in all aspects of the management and the execution of the CFC."


And the current eligibility rules for family support and youth activity programs on military bases

(5 CFR 950.202(a)(4)(v)) would be amended to require that such programs:

(v) "Have a policy and practice of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin applicable to persons served by the organization."

Although the proposed federal government regulations define sex to include gender identity, sexual orientation is not defined. Accordingly, we respectfully request that your office define sexual orientation to include former homosexuals.  Thus the proposed language would read: "Discrimination for or against any individual or group on account of ... sex (including pregnancy and gender identity) ... sexual orientation (including former homosexuality) or any other 

nonmerit-based factor is prohibited in all aspects of the management and the execution of the CFC."

Language that specifically includes former homosexuals is necessary because of intense prejudice and discrimination against the former-gay community and their supporters.  Larry Dombrowski, a federal government employee with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was suspended without pay for seven days and transferred to another state because, among other things, he spoke about former homosexuals in conversations with co-workers. 


 After Dombrowski filed a civil rights lawsuit against the FAA, the federal government agreed to clear Mr. Dombrowski's record and pay his attorneys' fees and costs.  We must ensure that the federal government never again discriminates against former homosexuals and their allies.  Hence our proposed language not only serves to maximize diversity, but is necessary to counter past discrimination. 


 Moreover, in the case of PFOX v. Government of the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights, No. 2008 CA 003662, slip. op. at 12 (D.C. June 26, 2009), the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ordered the Washington D.C. Office of Human Rights to recognize former homosexuals as a protected class for sexual orientation nondiscrimination purposes.  Our federal government should do no less.


Sincerely,



Dr. Douglas E. McIntyre ccc

Executive Director 

Acceptance fellowship Ministries

Homosexuals Anonymous


18147 Dinner Creek Dr., Katy, TX  77449

www.Acceptancefellowship.com 

www.Homosexuals-anonymous.com

281-746-0172


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Restored Hope Network's Position Statement on Marriage:

Why RHN Advocates for Marriage

RHN upholds the original definition of marriage as understood through Scripture and the history of humanity: one man committed for one woman for the sake of the children they create and/or will influence through their marriage.

Supporting this definition has become necessary in light of recent efforts to alter it to include homosexual unions. In January of 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the USA to legalize ‘gay marriage’; since then, activists have sought to normalize ‘gay marriage’ by encouraging court and legislative decisions, and by convincing the public that changing the definition of marriage is an expression of justice for homosexuals.

RHN declares that ‘gay marriage’ is no marriage at all but a counterfeit that actually promotes injustice.

RHN contends that marriage was designed by God and upheld by the governments of the earth to promote ‘the common good.’ That design, as revealed by nature, and described in Scripture in the creation of Eve from Adam and the reuniting of the two as one-flesh (Gen. 1 and 2), constitutes RHN’s understanding of God’s intention for marriage. (1)

Man needs woman and woman needs man. Neither two men nor two women can create a sexual whole; the one gender possesses what the other gender needs. In giving complementary gifts, one gender balances and draws out the other in a manner that creates a whole. Such wholeness releases ‘goods’ that benefit all, especially the children most influenced by it (2). Justice for children involves one man committed to one woman for their sake.
At the center of this understanding of marriage are two people who seal their relationship with a generative act. That not only unites them but also orients them toward children. Though one need not procreate to be married, marriage is defined by the act that is essential to the creating of children.

Becoming ‘one-flesh’ unites man and woman for life; it also includes them to bring up their children together. That is why both God and state encourage norms of monogamy and fidelity in marriage. (3) Both uphold the dignity of each spouse, and of the child who needs a mother and a father in order to thrive. (4)
RHN believes that the dignity of man, woman, and child depends upon the willingness of both spouses to make and keep a vow of marital fidelity. ‘Gay marriage’ challenges such dignity by normalizing what is now described as ‘monogamish’: the trend of some same-gender ‘marrieds’ to aspire to emotional intimacy with one party but to engage sexually with others (5). In that way, redefining marriage weakens the essential boundary of sexual commitment, a distortion most harmful to the children subject to a parent’s multiple partnerships (6).

RHN contends that the state should support the true definition of marriage. Such a definition helps promote the common good, which is justice for all. That applies to children who need both a mother and father, and to gay-identified persons who benefit from the truth that eroticized friendships can never approximate marriage. The state serves its citizens well by upholding the original intention and definition of marriage. Generations-to-come will take cues from the culture and will derive (in part) their view of marriage from its legal definition. The state’s conception of marriage matters to all.

As a Christ-centered network of ministries of restoration for persons seeking to overcome sexual problems, especially homosexual ones, RHN realizes the limits of the law. While the state can look out for the common good and restrain evil, it cannot redeem lives. Only Jesus can. Yet we realize that our fellow humanity will be impacted by redefining marriage. Legalizing ‘gay marriage’ will further damage marriage and hurt those influenced by it.

Caitlin Flanagan writes: ‘No other single force is causing as much measurable hardship in this country as the collapse of marriage.’ (7) Redefining marriage contributes to this collapse and will result in more human brokenness, especially in the lives of children who are subject to adult moral decisions and the laws that influence them.

We thus refuse to acknowledge the validity of ‘gay marriage’; it does not originate in God’s design for humanity but in a misbegotten justice that disrupts the common good.

Corruption begins with a failure to call things by their proper names. ‘Gay marriage’ is a misnomer that citizens of the state and church would be wise to refuse. Marriage belongs only to one man committed to one woman for the good of all.

We at RHN also realize that ‘gay marriage’ is a symptom of the heterosexual immorality that preceded it: extramarital sex, adultery, pornography, divorce, and abortion, to name a few. We contest whatever is hostile to marriage. Our pastoral efforts to restore those broken by sexual sin are the foundation for our social policy on marriage. (8)RHN makes every effort to ensure the integrity of this most important relationship.

1. Dr. Robert Gagnon, “Why ‘Gay Marriage’ is Wrong,” July 2004, pp. 1, 2.
2. Dr. John Haas, “Marriage as a Common Good,” Theology of the Body and Sexual Ethics lecture, June 29th, 2011.
3. Dr. Robert George, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, “What is Marriage?” pp. 1-23; Dr. Robert George, “Law and Moral Purpose,” First Things, January 2008, pp. 5,6.
4. Dr. Mark Regnerus, New Family Structures Study, University of Texas, 2012.
5. Mark Oppenheimer, “Married with Infidelities,” New York Times Magazine, July 3rd 2011, pp. 21-27.
6. Dr. Mark Regenerus…
7. Caitlin Flanagan, “Why Marriage Matters,” Time Magazine, July 13th, 2009, p. 46.
8. Andrew Comiskey, “Compassion and Justice: Why We Stand for Marriage in the Public Square,” Kingdom and Culture, June 2011, pp. 1, 2.


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Overcoming my Shame of SSA

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Overcoming my Shame of SSA


You know what my problem is? I feel disempowered.


I would like to shout out that, "I'm a Catholic, single male, I'm 40, and I struggle with same sex attraction." But how can I do that when there are very few leaders in the Catholic Church who are even willing to set an example? How many of our Catholic priests are courageous enough to stand up among the congregation and identify with this struggle?


No, they remain silent. They simply listen to us confessing our sins of impure thoughts and of acting out our intrinsically disordered sexual desires. But where are the church leaders who are willing to go beyond the call of duty, to absolve us of our sins in the secrecy of the confessional, who are willing to stand boldly alongside us before the church community declaring, “Hey, I too am a leper, crying out to the Lord to have pity on me”?* Because that is how I feel, like a "leper"; to have to struggle with SSA in secrecy within my Catholic community, alone in my fear that if I were to disclose my struggle with SSA, I would be “cast out into a leper colony”. And I feel as though the only circles where I can experience the full measure of freedom to express my innermost struggles, is among other men and women who also struggle with SSA. So in this sense, isn't it true, that Courage Apostolate, the support group for Catholic men and women struggling with SSA, is the Church's modern day “leper colony”? When will persons struggling with SSA like myself experience acceptance, support and encouragement, and a genuine sense of belonging in our respective church communities, without fear of being judged?



*12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

Luke 17:12-13 New International Version (NIV)



It seems the only people who are bold enough to speak aloud publicly are people who have SSA, but are fighting against the church; and advocating “gay” rights, which to me are “rights that allow persons with SSA to act out in defiance to the Catholic church's teachings on morality and chastity”. Yet those of us with SSA, but choose to live according to the guidelines on morality and chastity pertaining to homosexuality in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, seem to be “bullied” into silence by the “stigma” that being a Catholic person with SSA still carries with it in our contemporary church communities. A “stigma” that makes me feel ashamed to speak up in my church community, rather than boast with great joy that Christ redeems me each day in my struggle with sexual brokenness, that it is by His grace alone that He sustains me in my daily battle for purity.


I often feel overwhelmed by the seeming hopelessness of living as a Catholic “outcast” with SSA. However,  if I were to regard my SSA as the “thorn in my flesh” similar to that which St. Paul also spoke of, then perhaps I should actually rejoice and be glad even that I have been given this “thorn in my flesh” as a constant reminder of my dependence on God, that it is His grace alone which sustains me. Perhaps as well, I should also learn from St. Paul, who with wisdom that can come only from the Holy Spirit, spoke of the added benefit of this “thorn in his flesh” that “kept a proud man humble before God”.* Perhaps the great paradox is that that this “thorn in the flesh” which seems more a curse than a blessing, helps to develop in the person struggling with SSA, the virtue of humility.



*7 Because the things God showed me were so wonderful, I might have become too proud of myself. But something happened and stopped that. It was like a thorn in me. It came from Satan [the devil] to trouble me. It came to stop me from being too proud.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)



Perhaps this “stigma” of shame that comes with my SSA has little or nothing to do with the lack of solidarity and support coming from church leaders, or the potential threat of rejection by the greater church community in the event of self disclosure, but rather it is a “shadow” that comes with my own self-absorbed pride in constructing an impenetrable fortress about myself, projecting an image that I am perfect and unblemished, yet knowing desperately deep inside that it is all a lie.


“Lord, help me to lay down my pride, tear down the fortress I have built around myself, my fake image, my false pretences, my excuses and finger pointing, pushing the blame on others; and build instead a new life grounded on the truth that You have redeemed me through your love and sacrifice, that by Your grace I can grow daily in inner chastity as well as humility, patience, temperance, fortitude and charity; and that you have set me free to love others as the Father has loved me. Lord let this truth of Your redeeming love empower me to speak freely and boldly of Your love for me, the same love you offer to all mankind; and help me to love all people, as You, Lord Jesus, love me. Amen.”


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8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [a]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [b]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

                              

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)



Terminology: (A) Person with Same Sex Attraction (SSA) vs. "gay" or "homosexual" - In discussing homosexuality we must therefore strive for precision in terms. This may be at the cost of linguistic convenience. Popular culture and ease of speech make the less accurate words more attractive. Nevertheless, it is better to speak of same-sex attractions, homosexual inclinations or tendencies. (The Catholic Church's pastoral response)

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=9495


Description and History: Courage Apostolate/International - Courage Apostolate is a spiritual support system that is designed to assist men and women struggling with SSA to live chaste lives through prayer, fellowship, truth and love in obedience with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The group was founded in 1980 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York and the late Fr. John Harvey, OSFS. The group meetings consist of laymen and laywomen usually under anonymous discretion, together with a priest, using a 12-step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. With the endorsement of the Holy See in 1994, Courage now has more than ninety-five (95) chapters worldwide, including Courage Philippines chapter, established in 1995 with the permission of His Eminence, the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila.

http://www.couragerc.net

http://www.couragephilippines.blogspot.com/



The Catholic Medical Association's statement on Same-Sex Attraction: SSA is preventable and a symptom of other issues. The goal of therapy should be "freedom to live chastely according to one's state in life."

http://www.cathmed.org/ 



The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Pastoral Care of Persons with SSA: The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination , which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. (CCC 2358)

Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teaches them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. (CCC 2359)

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm



http://www.revelife.com/754851828/i-was-given-a-thorn-in-my-flesh-paul-and-homosexuality/ 


Posted by Viktor Stavros at 6:54 AM 

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Links National

Links International

LifeSiteNews.com: Former APA president: I know of ‘hundreds’ of homosexuals who changed their orientation


LifeSiteNews.com: Yes, gay marriage will change marriage - and here’s how


Odwaga (Poland. Catholic)


Pascha (Poland. For young men)


Same-sex Lust Recovery in Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) (Poland)



The Hearts of the Fathers Fellowship

Has been created to be a haven where anyone can come to find growth and healing. The basic concepts of love expressed by God to his children on earth, in the person of Jesus Christ, were revealed by His ability to meet with any person and extend healing for any problem, spiritual, mental or physical. Without regard to social status, or past failures He touched all who came to Him.

He saw every man for what he could become, not what he appeared to be. He allowed time for growth and through gentle understanding, 

 All who came to him, with a willing heart, were restored to the image of the Creator. The hungry were fed. The sick were healed. Those who had given up all hope were restored and brought back into fellowship with their Creator and their brothers and sisters.

The Hearts of the Fathers Fellowship will attempt to reach out to all who come to us using the same principles. 

Pastoral guidance, step group support and seminar presentations covering as many aspects of growth as possible are available. 

No one expressing a desire to find growth and healing will be excluded. The acceptance found only in the family of God will be shared and the presence of the Holy Spirit will touch all who are willing.



Resources

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AFTAH Launches ‘Pedo-File’ Project Exposing Gay-Pederasty Connection: Larry Kramer Says Children ‘Desire, Solicit Sex’ with Homosexual Adults

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:08:57 +0000Celebrated activist says most “gay” men victimized as boys have “fond memories” of early sexual experience By Peter LaBarbera Since its inception through “Lambda Report,” the newsletter launched in 1993 that was the precursor to Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), we have been at the forefront of exposing the homosexuality-pedophilia connection, including “gay” activists’ advocacy [...]

Bill Whatcott Responds to Canadian Supreme Court Declaring his Anti-Homosexual-Agenda Flyers ‘Hate Speech’

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:23:26 +0000Folks, as bad as things are in the United States with regard to Political Correctness, it seems they are always worse in Canada. Below, Christian pro-family activist Bill Whatcott comments on an outrageous Supreme Court of Canada ruling declaring his anti-homosexual-agenda fliers as “hate speech.” AFTAH is cited in one of the flyers, which can [...]

Tim Tebow, Pastor Robert Jeffress, and the Gay Thought Police’s Evil ‘Hate Church’ Smear

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:15:22 +0000Homosexual protest boomerangs as targeted Texas pastor slams Political Correctness and winsomely proclaims the Gospel By Peter LaBarbera, Special American For Truth Report Many Christians and pro-family advocates were disappointed to learn that New York Jets QB Tim Tebow had backed out of a scheduled speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church in Dallas – following an [...]

VIDEO: First Baptist of Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress’ Powerful Response to Tebow Controversy

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:48:39 +0000Folks, our response to Tim Tebow caving in to the “Gay Thought Police” is coming soon. Here is First Baptist Church of Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress’ wonderful response to the controversy Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at the church. It has been very encouraging to watch Jeffress (with God’s help) so effortlessly turn “lemons into lemonade” on [...]

Here’s What Will Happen if ‘Gay Marriage’ Becomes Law in Illinois

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:06:47 +0000‘Defend Marriage Lobby Day’ today in Springfield aims at stopping bill in House Dear AFTAH Readers, Today (Wed., Feb. 20th) is Defend Marriage Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois, as pro-family citizens rally in the state capital against a homosexual “marriage” bill proposed by the Democrats for our state.  Our friends at Illinois Family Institute organized this special [...]

HuffPo’s ‘Gay Voices’ Site Posts Video Showing Full-Frontal Male Nudity

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:34:16 +0000The only thing more pathetic than Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” website running a video compiling movie scenes with full-frontal male nudity is their excuse for running it: the paucity of such videos compared to those showing female nudity. Huffpo “Gay Voices” has become a leading site for homosexual advocates, and apparently pandering to those advocates led [...]

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