- Jan 19, 2020
After Pope Francis reportedly told a Chilean sexual abuse survivor who’s gay that “God loves you as you are,” a gay Catholic author says God also wants Church teaching to be followed.
In an interview with Crux, Father Philip Bochanski, executive director of Courage International, lays out the goals and beliefs of the groups Courage and EnCourage. He also discusses how he and the chaplains of Courage go about talking to its members and newcomers alike about some very difficult and counter-cultural issues.
If people who experience same sex attraction are not bullied and rejected by Catholics they are often ignored. A culture of “don’t ask don’t tell” exists in which people with same sex attraction are accepted but expected to keep their sexual orientation under wraps. Courage accepts and welcomes people with same sex attraction as they are, and describes its goals as “chastity, prayer and dedication, fellowship, support, good example.”