Matt C. Abbott
November 3, 2013
A gay subculture in the USCCB? Say it ain't so!
By Matt C. Abbott

Although the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is indeed opposed to same-sex "marriage" – thank God – the following news item is troubling.

According to Catholic World News,
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services, has updated and expanded its training to workers in federally-funded refugee resettlement programs, in part to 'address the needs of particularly vulnerable groups of children, including youth who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered'....

    The revised Tier One Training Manual – copyrighted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and published with the assistance of a Department of Health and Human Services grant – notes that 'it is important to be alert for homophobic remarks among the staff. If any are made, discuss in a non-judgmental way how these kinds of remarks may make a young gay resident feel.'

    'Exploring Complexities' – the new Tier Two Training Manual, also copyrighted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and published with the assistance of a Department of Health and Human Services grant – presents a scenario in which two male minors are 'rubbing each other with their feet on the other's genital areas.'

    The training advises:

    After allowing the staff to discuss this, you can suggest that the young men should learn not to engage in sexual contact in the residence, and they should develop a stronger sense of sexual boundaries – to keep sexual activities private, even after leaving the residence...

    The BRYCS manual makes no reference to moral law or the practice of virtue.
Click here to read the CWN article in its entirety.

When asked by yours truly to comment on the aforementioned news item, Father William J. Kuchinsky (who serves on the advisory board of American Life League) wrote:
    [I]f a young child presented behavior which would seem to 'be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered,' then those being trained probably ought to be instructed that these kids may have been sexually abused.
(Click here for an essay on the apparent correlation between childhood sexual abuse and male homosexuality.)

Father Richard Perozich, a priest of the Diocese of San Diego, wrote:
    It appears that a practicing or promoting homosexual subculture may be active in the bureaucracy of this USCCB committee. It needs to be weeded out before a Catholic agency can help in a resettlement process. Youth with [same-sex attraction] need to be guided to the truth of sexuality as man or woman and not be harassed with labeling as LGBTQ.

    If an agency cannot promote the Catholic truth, then the Catholic agency is not ready to assist in resettlement work. No one should ever abuse any human being by calling them gay, lesbian, transgendered, or bisexual, whether in false affirmation or in derision. Perhaps the committee will be faithful to Jesus and work with these people even if it is at odds with the perverse government standards.
Regarding homosexuality, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (paragraphs 2357 to 2359):
    Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.


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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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