Invited to Courageous Love
"There are not a hundred people who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church—which of course, is quite a different thing." –Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Largely hidden from the cultural, religious, and political tempest surrounding homosexuality, the wisdom and truth of the Catholic Church lies ageless. This five-part film series and study guide explores Catholic teaching on a wide range of questions connected to same-sex attraction. The series begins with a look at the lived reality of women and men who experience same-sex attractions, who are ultimately drawn to the power and interior peace found in the virtue of chastity. The series also examines:
The "Divine Design" and meaning of sex, rooted in natural law;
Insights from medical and social science experts who unpack the secular research about homosexuality that often confounds cultural understanding;
A guide for parents and others whose sons and daughters, family and friends are involved in homosexual relationships;
An authentic roadmap to pastoral care, including the work of Courage International, a worldwide apostolate supporting Catholics who experience same-sex attraction in their efforts to live chastely.
The Good News about Chaste Love
"Love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12).
Seven members of Courage share personal stories about their experience of same-sex attraction, and how they came to discover and embrace the interior freedom of chastity, a virtue that permeates all aspects of one's life—the joy of a life tran...
Sex & Sexuality in the Divine Design
"Male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27).
What is sex for? This simple question—often met with conflicting answers—is unpacked and examined in light of the Catholic anthropology of the human person and natural law. This program looks at sexual identity and complementarity.
Insights from the Medical & Social Sciences
"Lord, you have searched me and know me" (Psalm 139:1).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the "psychological genesis" of homosexuality "remains largely unexplained" (CCC, art. 2357). At the same time, a proper understanding of social and medical sciences connected to homosexuality can he...
Homosexuality & the Family
"Can a mother forget her ... child?" (Isaiah 49:15).
When a daughter, son, or other loved one announces that he or she is lesbian or gay, this can be a life-changing event for the whole family. Members of EnCourage—the support group for parents, friends, and relatives—share stories and practical...
Providing Authentic Pastoral Care
"I will give you shepherds after my own heart" (Jeremiah 3:15).
Every one from the priest in the confessional to the Catholic in the pew is called to understand, care for, and love the same-sex attracted man or woman. This program helps reveal authentic paths to truth and compassion, including t...
Invited to Courageous Love Study Guide