Vatican Rejects Healing for Homosexuality

Jul 22, 2021 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

Homosexuals do not need a cure, but accompaniment and discernment.

Rome is rejecting the use of “reparative” or “conversion” therapies by Catholic groups to heal homosexuals of same-sex attraction, a Spanish Catholic weekly is reporting.

But homosexuals who have benefited from therapy are urging Pope Francis to meet with those who have found healing from unwanted same-sex attraction.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy (CC) instructed the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) in June to disavow the Granada-based Truth and Freedom (Verdad y Libertad) apostolate for its practice of reparative therapy, Vida Nueva reported last Thursday.

The bishops are asked “not to support, participate [in] or recommend treatments” implemented by Truth and Freedom or other Catholic groups offering healing to homosexuals because “the methodology and the objectives followed are wrong.”

“We also invite those who consider themselves damaged to file a civil complaint, since, from the canonical point of view, we cannot intervene in what they do,” the instruction urges.

Vida Nueva did not provide the primary document issued by CC to the CEE, even though it extensively reported on and commented on the Vatican’s condemnation of reparative therapies.

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Speaking to Church Militant, Dr. Mike Davidson, chairman of the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counseling Choice (IFTCC), warned that “so-called conversion therapy is shorthand for any who reject homosexual feelings as innate and immutable.”

“Obviously, we should all oppose bad counseling practices,” Davidson conceded. The professional therapist, who has been married for almost 40 years, admits that he had homosexual experiences as a younger man.

“Limiting counseling choice and forcing people to stay gay will be a tragic result of sanctions to ban the right of autonomous individuals to seek professional and pastoral help to leave unwanted homosexual feelings and gender confusion,” Davidson added.Both, the pro-LGBTQ+ New Ways Ministry (NWM) and secular media have used the Vatican instruction to condemn any form of healing for homosexuality, insisting that “the Vatican’s intervention now sets a precedent for bishops and pastors in other countries to follow.”

Calling the Vatican intervention a “historic first” and “a win” against the “damaging practice” of reparative therapy, NWM bemoans how “the vicious myth that homosexuality is somehow curable persists among many Catholics.”

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