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Did I make my son gay?

I think the best science today answers your question with a resounding “no.” If your son is indeed homosexually oriented, that is not anyone’s decision—not even his. Most experts in this field deny that any therapy can change a person’s true sexual orientation.

The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family has written Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers (Publication 5-131 in English and 5-130 in Spanish). Your local parish may have a copy. It is available from the U.S. Catholic Conference for $1.25, plus 10 percent shipping and handling ($3 minimum). Call toll-free 800-235-8722 or visit www.nccbuscc.org.

Our Catholic Update titled “What the Church Teaches About Homosexuality,” by Richard Sparks, C.S.P., (C0799) can also be ordered either online or by calling 1-800-488-0488.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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