For the second time in four years, so-called Catholic groups that oppose Catholic Church teachings regarding human sexuality will protest at the opening Mass of the National Courage Conference.
The Catholic Action Network for Social Justice and Friendship and Justice plan to be outside the College Church on the campus of Saint Louis University on Thursday, July 27 demonstrating against what they call the "hurtful and untrue message promoted by Courage."
Organizers are also asking supporters to write letters to friends, faculty, and students of the university to "expose" the university’s support of Courage and the conference.
[Via David Morrison]
They are concerned that "Courage’s understanding of homosexuality directly contradicts
statements by major professional mental health and medical associations including the American Psychological Association, the American
Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics."
I find this sad but funny that two so-called Catholic groups are worried about Courage’s dissent from the psychiatric magisterium while at the same time have no problem dissenting from the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Somehow in their ecclesiology a vote taken by an organization because of social pressure and not scientific studies trumps the faith.
So what is the "hurtful and untrue" message proclaimed by Courage. Why it is a call to developing the interior life and chastity and to move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity to a more complete one in Christ. Somehow I miss how that is a hurtful message especially when their own message has nothing to do with repentance and they in truth become enablers of sin; which seems to me to be pretty hurtful.