Same Sex Attraction

"Friendship with God constitutes our ultimate end. The ministry of the Church to persons with a homosexual inclination must always have the overriding aim of fostering the greatest possible friendship with God.” – U.S. Bishops, 2006


COURAGE offers spiritual-based support groups to help men and women who experience same-sex attraction and who have made a commitment to strive for chastity.

EnCOURAGE is a spiritual support group within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who experience same-sex attractions

Church ministry to persons experiencing same-sex attraction

“The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a homosexual inclination ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully.” – United States Bishops

Resources for understanding and accompanying those experiencing same-sex attraction
  • Church Documents
  • Videos
  • Pamphlets
  • Books
  • Video Podcasts
  • Courage/EnCourage International - Courage and EnCourage International is a Roman Catholic Apostolate which offers support for those who experience same-sex attractions and their loved ones. The Courage/EnCourage website offers an abundance of resources to support men and women experiencing same-sex attractions who have chosen to live a chaste life. Families and friends of people who experience same-sex attractions will find help and support to understand the experience of their loved ones more deeply and to foster healthy relationships within their families.
Resources from the USCCB
Additional Information and Resources