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Monday, 1 July 2013

Charity, clarity, and chastity - the answer to "Pride"

The excellent blog, The Sheepcat, has an inspiring and Catholic approach to the "Pride" events taking place here in Toronto. I strongly urge you to read the full post and act accordingly. If you don't sign -up officially, please offer prayers in reparation... 

From the Sheepcat:

Last year we decided to do something constructive about LGBTQ+ Pride, so we set up a roster where people could commit to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in reparation for offences against charity, clarity, and chastity. Volunteers from six continents signed up to cover the 240 hours of Toronto's PrideWeek 2012, joining in some form of private fasting or sacrifice and praying in reparation.

The second annual prayer campaign, which we're calling Charity, Clarity, Chastity, is underway and continues until 3 pm on Tuesday, July 2. Toronto is a place of special need not only because Catholicism is being attacked, but because this year’s festival is the dress rehearsal before our city hosts WorldPride 2014.

Courage is the official Catholic apostolate for persons with same-sex attraction (SSA); within that, EnCourage is the official Catholic apostolate for loved ones of persons with SSA. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, these are the only approved ministries concerned with SSA. A Courage Reparational Group is "a group of men and women who desire to unite themselves with Our Lord particularly in their weakness while praying for the conversion and healing of those who struggle with same-sex desires" -- as every Christian is called to do with regard to his or her own particular weaknesses.

The campaign is based on a "theology of weakness." Says the foundress of the original Courage Reparational Prayer Group, "We offer up our own pain and struggle, and unite it with the passion of Jesus to bring life to others. It gives meaning to our suffering." At the core are three prayer intentions:

  • Charity: We repent of any ways in which persons with SSA or gender identity conflicts have been the object of unjust discrimination, including violent malice in speech or in action, and have been abandoned, rejected, or denied unconditional love. We affirm that there is a place in the Church for persons with SSA and gender identity conflicts, who are included in the universal call to holiness.
  • Clarity: We repent of any distortions of Church teaching as properly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2357 to 2359. We affirm that same-sex acts cannot be approved under any circumstances; that same-sex inclinations are objectively disordered, signifying concupiscence and yet not in and of themselves sinful; and that persons, regardless of their inclinations and acts, are made in the image of God, have intrinsic dignity, and are to be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
  • Chastity: We repent of any sins against God’s plan for male and female complementarity and the gift of human life, including, but not limited to immodesty, masturbation, artificial birth control and artificial reproductive technologies, abortion, pornography, sexual abuse, adultery, fornication, polygamy, prostitution, no-fault divorce, and same-sex acts. We affirm the unitive and procreative meanings of authentic married love; and the treasure of holy celibacy as lived by single persons, religious, and priests.

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