Courage is an apostolate of the Catholic Church and is approved by the Vatican. It is a movement of the Spirit in the Church comprising men and women who experience same-sex attraction, but seek to live out their lives in fidelity to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
They seek to provide a forum of mutual support for those who choose to live in accordance with the Catholic Church's pastoral teachings on human sexuality, chastity and homosexuality. With priestly guidance, they minister to one another in their struggle to live chaste and holy lives within the orientation. In chaste living, one finds the peace and grace to grow in Christian maturity.
As this is a difficult, potentially lonely path to walk, there is a special need for Christian brotherhood and sisterhood and the support of informed pastoral care. Confidentiality and trust are also key to such a forum.
Courage Melbourne tries to give the sort of support that the Archdiocese of Melbourne wants to provide for those who choose to walk this path as Christians with same-sex attractions.
|Cardinal George delighted with men of Courage
By Marie Mason, B,Ed
Eighteen months ago, three young Catholic men went to Cardinal George Pell seriously wanting to start a Courage group for men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction, or SSA, in Sydney. They wanted a good chaplain to lead and inspire them using the twelve step plan worked out for Courage International by Fr John Harvey,O.S.F.S. in USA.