Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Homosexuality and the Catholic Church: Book Review
The Filipino edition of Homosexuality and the Catholic Church Clear Answers to Difficult Questions has finally arrived. The book is sold on Catholic bookstores (try St. Paul's) locally but is also available through Courage Philippines for only P200 (for Courage members) and P250 for outsiders. You can find our contact details on the sidebar of this blog for orders.
This book by the late Fr. John Harvey, OSFS, is a must-read for everyone struggling with SSA whether you are Catholic or not. In fact everyone including priests, religious, and the laity alike will benefit from the contents presented in a question and answer type format that is very easy to read and understand. All the major issues surrounding the nature of homosexuality are covered and presented in an objective and pastorally sensitive manner drawing from Fr. Harvey's extensive experience in ministering to people with SSA.
About the Author
Fr. John Harvey, OSFS was ordained to the priesthood in 1944. He holds a master's degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America, and served as a moral theologian at De Sales School of Theology for thirty eight years.
The author of The Homosexual Person, The Truth About Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful, and (with Gerard Bradley) Same-Sex Attraction: A Parents' Guide, Fr. Harvey has given counsel and guidance with same-sex attraction for more than fifty years.
Fr. Harvey passed away last December 27, 2010 at the age of 92. He was the founder and national director of Courage, which is a spiritual support group for homosexual men and women. He had been director of Courage since its foundation in 1980 at the request of the late archbishop of New York, Terrence Cardinal Cooke. Meanwhile, Courage has grown from a local New York group to more than a hundred chapters throughout the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Most Rev Raymond L. Burke, DDJCD, Archbishop of St. Louis
Introduction by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, Ph.D
Chapter 1 - Homosexuality: Some Basic Questions
Chapter 2 - Helping Those with SSA Live a Chaste Life
Chapter 3 - The Pastoral Challenges of Masturbation and Pornography
Chapter 4 - Same-Sex Unions and the Health of Society
Chapter 5 - Chastity
Chapter 6 - Human Friendships: Benefits and Boundaries
Chapter 7 - Freedom of the Will and Addiction
Chapter 8 - Norms for Admission to Seminaries and Holy Orders
Chapter 9 - Courage, Encourage, and the Twelve Steps
Chapter 10 - Spiritual Direction
Chapter 11 - Other Organizations
Chapter 12 - Dissenting Catholic Organizations
Chapter 13 - An Encourage Story
Selected Annotated Bibliography
About the Author
Timely message from Paciano Aniceto, D.D. Chairman of Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, CBCP:
"Chastity is not about rules and prohibitions. It is a way of life lived in grace that restores and liberates us from the slavery of our passions. I pray that our brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attraction allow the Lord to "pitch His tent" in their precious lives and see the face of the compassionate, Good Shepherd who came that we may have life and have it in abundance." (Jn 10:10)
"I have come not to condemn you, but to help you. I am the only one who truly understands you, the only one who truly loves you...up to the point of death." - Jesus Christ