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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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Matthew: Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the "tax farmers" got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as "publicans," were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with "sinners" (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers. 
<p>Matthew got Jesus in further trouble by having a sort of going-away party at his house. The Gospel tells us that "many" tax collectors and "those known as sinners" came to the dinner. The Pharisees were still more badly shocked. What business did the supposedly great teacher have associating with such immoral people? Jesus' answer was, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners" (Matthew 9:12b-13). Jesus is not setting aside ritual and worship; he is saying that loving others is even more important. </p><p>No other particular incidents about Matthew are found in the New Testament.</p> American Catholic Blog The most appealing invitation to embrace the religious life is the witness of our own lives, the spirit in which we react to our divine calling, the completeness of our dedication, the generosity and cheerfulness of our service to God, the love we have for one another, the apostolic zeal with which we witness to Christ’s love for the poorest of the poor.

 
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