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Despite being enslaved and brutalized by a pagan people, St. Patrick freed Irish souls from the bondage of idolatry using only a clover and the gospel. His saintly example is a testament to the Holy Spirit's reparative power, a power that can conquer entire nations.
Somehow, many Church leaders have writ-large abandoned the idea that the Holy Spirit can repair disordered sexuality. These so-called shepherds, instead, are either calling it an unconquerable cross to bear, or a gift God gave you, as Fr. James Martin falsely claims. The response is curious, especially given the Catholic Church's definitive stance on same-sex attraction and reparative therapy, along with the sacraments and pastoral care.
In 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said:
"An authentic pastoral program will assist homosexual persons at all levels of the spiritual life: through the sacraments, and in particular through the frequent and sincere use of the sacrament of reconciliation, through prayer, witness, counsel and individual care. In such a way, the entire Christian community can come to recognize its own call to assist its brothers and sisters, without deluding them or isolating them."
Ex-gays are real; they exist. It seems like the Church totally abandoned seeking rehabilitation for these troubled, and often abused, Catholics. Just because the Left gives a mean-sounding name like "conversion therapy" doesn't make the CDF's conclusion incorrect.
Recent polls show 1 in 6 Generation Z adults, nicknamed Zoomers, identifies as LGBT. It shouldn't come as a shock when the only two answers are either "tough it out" or "you're beautiful just the way you are."
What can be said is it's not biological. There is no such thing as a gay gene. There is no hormone that forces you to engage in sodomy or non-marital relations. Does Catholic leadership truly believe the Left is correct about this being uncontrollable?
This is the same Left that simultaneously says gender, much less sexual orientation, is on a spectrum. Well, apparently it's only on a spectrum when it replaces monogamy with sodomy — not when it means leaving homosexuality for a heterosexual marital union of man and woman.
The Church should start respecting its own teachings on pastoral care for homosexuals. There is no need to capitulate to the libelous labels given to therapy for those desiring to be ex-gay, like conservative commenter Milo Yiannopoulos now is.
Great victories like his should be celebrated by the faithful with open arms. Ex-gays deserve to be encouraged to speak up and be supported. The lie the Devil tells about the same-sex attracted is wrong.
God desires everyone, including the same-sex attracted, to change, fight and destroy whatever leads them to sin. It is an act of heroism to defeat sin, and it's the duty of the faithful to highlight these heaven-sent defeats of diabolical urges.
To learn more, watch today's episode of The Download — Ex-Gay.