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A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers A Statement of the Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Preface The purpose of this pastoral message is to reach out to parents trying to cope with the discovery of homosexuality in their adolescent or adult child.
It urges families to draw upon the reservoirs of faith, hope, and love as they face uncharted futures. It asks them to recognize that the Church offers enormous spiritual resources to strengthen and support them at this moment in their family's life and in the days to come.
This message is not a treatise on homosexuality. It is not a systematic presentation of the Church's moral teaching.
It does not break any new ground theologically. Rather, relying on the Church's teaching, as well as our own pastoral experience, we intend to speak words of faith, hope, and love to parents who need the Church's loving presence at a time that may be one of the most challenging in their lives.
We also hope this message will be helpful to priests and pastoral ministers who often are the first ones parents or their children approach with their struggles and anxieties.
In recent years we have tried to reach out to families in difficult circumstances. Our initiatives took the form of short statements, like this one, addressed to people who thought they were beyond the Church's circle of care.
Always Our Children follows in the same tradition. This message is not intended for advocacy purposes or to serve a particular agenda. It is not to be understood as an endorsement of what some call a "homosexual lifestyle.
You and your family might be faced with one of the difficult situations of which our Holy Father speaks: Your son or daughter has made it known that he or she has a homosexual orientation.
You experience a tension between loving your child as God's precious creation and not wanting to endorse any behavior you know the Church teaches is wrong. You need not face this painful time alone, without human assistance or God's grace.
The Church can be an instrument of both help and healing. This is why we bishops, as pastors and teachers, write to you. In this pastoral message, we draw upon the gift of faith as well as the sound teaching and pastoral practice of the Church to offer loving support, reliable guidance, and recommendations for ministries suited to your needs and to those of your child.
Our message speaks of accepting yourself, your beliefs and values, your questions, and all you may be struggling with at this moment; accepting and loving your child as a gift of God; and accepting the full truth of God's revelation about the dignity of the human person and the meaning of human sexuality.
Within the Catholic moral vision there is no contradiction among these levels of acceptance, for truth and love are not opposed. They are inseparably joined and rooted in one person, Jesus Christ, who reveals God to be ultimate truth and saving love.
We address our message also to the wider church community, and especially to priests and other pastoral ministers, asking that our words be translated into attitudes and actions that follow the way of love, as Christ has taught.
It is through the community of his faithful that Jesus offers you hope, help, and healing, so your whole family might continue to grow into the intimate community of life and love that God intends. Accepting Yourself Because some of you might be swept up in a tide of emotions, we focus first on feelings.
Although the gift of human sexuality can be a great mystery at times, the Church's teaching on homosexuality is clear. However, because the terms of that teaching have now become very personal in regard to your son or daughter, you may feel confused and conflicted.
You could be experiencing many different emotions, all in varying degrees, such as the following: Perhaps you had sensed for some time that your son or daughter was different in some way.
Now he or she has come to you and entrusted something very significant. It may be that other siblings learned of this before you and were reluctant to tell you. Regardless, though, a burden has been lifted.
Acknowledge the possibility that your child has told you this not to hurt you or create distance, but out of love and trust and with a desire for honesty, intimacy, and closer communication.A Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference Following the Spring meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops at Collegeville, Minnesota, an ad hoc committee was appointed to draft a statement on the AIDS epidemic.
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