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    Are there some same-sex sexual attractions that are not disordered inclinations? Melinda Selmys, among those dubbed the “new homophiles” by Austin Ruse, seems to think so. At the “Spiritual Friendship” blog, Selmys presents this thesis under the title “Still Looking…

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    The “Poverty” of Homosexual Orientation

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    In my last post I made the case that sexual “orientation” as defined by secular culture today is conceptually far removed from the dignity of the human person and is an abstract and generic form of data collection that does…

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    The “Poverty” of Sexual Orientation

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    In the grave new world of “male,” “female,” and fifty other Facebook “gender-identity” categories purportedly describing everything in between, maybe it’s time to ask once more, for context: Just what is sexual orientation? For example, here I am, a man…

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    The New Homophiles: An Incomplete Apologia

    by Gabriel Blanchard

    Choosing how to respond to the recent articles by Austin Ruse on what he calls the “New Homophiles,” and about the reader responses, feels like weaving the rope I am to be hanged with: however far I get, I always…

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    The Philosophical Basis for Religious Liberty

    by Michel Therrien

    Religious Liberty has been on our minds a lot lately. The HHS mandate, same-sex marriage initiatives, and recently, the Duck Dynasty controversy with television network A&E, have put the issue squarely before us. In late December, CNA published an article…

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    The New Homophiles: A Closer Look

    by Austin Ruse

    Ron Belgau delivers lectures, publishes essays and letters and generally enters into very public debates supporting the Biblical injunction against homosexual acts. In fact, he studied ancient Greek for two years in college to better understand his faith but also…

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    Homosexuality and Friendship: A Response to Austin Ruse

    by Christopher Damian

     They are the New Homophiles and they accept the Church’s teaching that sexual activity can only occur between married men and women. They oppose a redefinition of marriage… They are fine … with living celibate lives. They do not want…

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    The New Homophiles

    by Austin Ruse

    Never before has a devout, vocal, and coherent group of educated, thoughtful, and orthodox gay† Christians sought to articulate what the Church’s teaching might mean for someone who is not attracted to the opposite sex. Chris Damian wrote that in…

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    Diversity is Not a Catholic Value

    by Wolfgang Grassl

    Diversity is a modern shibboleth. It has long become the secular creed of the United States, and in no area is it celebrated as religiously as in academia, mostly as a substitute for true religion. It has now finally invaded…

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    The Real Lives of Gay Men

    by Austin Ruse

    Not caring about what happens to gay men is like not caring about prison rape. Prisoners are our brothers, too, and so are gay men. We must care deeply about the abuse of our brothers in prison and we must…

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    A Case of Mistaken (Sexual) Identity

    by Daniel Mattson

    My favorite novel of mistaken identity has always been C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy. It’s the perfect fairy tale, beginning with a miserable young boy, Shasta, growing up in Calormen, treated like a slave by Arsheesh, the…

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    Pope Francis and His Critics

    by Scott P. Richert

    Pope Benedict XVI, according to the New York Times, wanted a smaller, purer Catholic Church. Pope Francis, if the Times is to be believed, is well on the way to making the first part of his predecessor’s putative vision a…

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    Countering Christian Support for Gay Marriage

    by Joshua Brotherton

    The victory recently granted the gay lobby by the U.S. Supreme Court parallels a particularly disturbing shift in public opinion toward tolerance for the idea of “homosexual marriage.”  More than by such political maneuvers, however, the popular consciousness (which also…

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    Homosexuality: A New Approach is Needed

    by Dale O'Leary

    If we are going to save our culture, it is important that Christians change their approach toward homosexuality. Fighting the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) agenda in the legislatures and courts will not succeed as long as the GLBTQ…

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    What Did the Pope Really Say about Gays in the Priesthood?

    by Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap

    Very few popes give off-the-cuff interviews to reporters to begin with, and even less joke and have fun with the reporters. So, when Pope Francis did just that as he returned from World Youth Day, it was a stunner. It…

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    On the Unravelling of Our Military Culture

    by Bruce Frohnen

    I’ve always hesitated to comment on the state of our military culture.  I’ve never served and, for a variety of reasons, seriously doubt I ever will be (or ever would have been) called upon to enter combat.  But over the…

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    On the Pope’s Remarks about Homosexuality

    by Scott P. Richert

    The media-manufactured brouhaha over Pope Francis’s impromptu remarks on homosexuality has finally begun to die down, and there must be few, if any, Catholics who still think that the Holy Father’s words represented a departure from 2,000 years of Christian…

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    Who is Bob McCarty? And Why Should He Be Fired?

    by Austin Ruse

    There’s a guy you’ve never heard of who runs an organization you’ve never heard of but it is likely because of him that the Catholic Church has not taken a stand against the radicalization of the Girl Scouts and now…

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    Gay Pride: A Politically Incorrect Dialogue

    by Howard Kainz

    CRANSTON:            I detect a certain weirdness about the annual “gay pride” parades in our city. TURNER:                    These celebrations seem appropriate to me, at this turning point, after centuries of branding homosexuality as abnormal. CRANSTON:               If we extend the concept of…

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    Sex Denied

    by Pete Jermann

    The standard Catholic critique of gay sexuality has failed to persuade.  This is due to an insistence on the part of many ecclesiastical authorities to focus narrowly on homosexuality alone rather than present the comprehensive understanding of human sexuality found…

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    Cultural Imperialism on the March: Obama Promotes Gay Pride Worldwide

    by Robert R. Reilly

    As June approaches, get ready for the official celebration of “Gay Pride Month” by US embassies abroad. If sodomy and same-sex marriage are constitutional rights, what is their relationship to American foreign policy? Despite the tremendous controversy regarding these issues…

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