Accompanying Young People Who Experience Same Sex Attraction

This talk will present the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, and discuss how to present that teaching in a clear and loving way, to welcome young people experiencing same sex attractions in the name of the Church, and to provide authentic accompaniment as they strive to understand their vocations and live chaste and holy lives.

  • Date:Friday, December 7
  • Time:9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Session Type:Breakout
  • Session Code:A06
  • Submitter - First Name:Philip
  • Submitter - Last Name:Bochanski
  • Submitter - Email
  • Thematic Categories:Sexuality/Theology of the Body, Adolescent Catechesis/Confirmation, Evangelization, Parents and Families, High School Campus Ministry, Young Adult Ministry
  • Session Outcome 1:... what the Church teaches about homosexuality, why the Church uses the language it does in the Catechism and other documents, and how to present and discuss that teaching compassionately.
  • Session Outcome 2:... how to anticipate and respond to the questions that young people who experience same sex attractions may have about God's will for them and how to discern and follow their vocations.
  • Session Outcome 3:... how the experience of same sex attractions affects individuals, particularly young people, and their families and loved ones, and what the Church can do to minister to them.
Father Philip Bochanski
Courage International, Inc.