"An authentic moralization of social life will never be possible unless it starts with people

and has people as its point of reference."

| Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church 134 |

Hey there!  Whoa hold on…you can take a seat. 

Breathe in deep.  Let the breath out. 

Try that again.  

 

We know you’ve been scouring the internet for answers.

 

Your brother

Your best friend

Your favorite student

Your niece

Your father

Your old friend from high school

Your co-worker

You

 

So we pulled together a few things you might like.

FROM CATHOLIC TRADITION

FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

WORKING THIS OUT

FOR PASTORAL CARE

A NOTE ON OUR SELECTIONS

Eden Invitation stands firmly in the Catholic-Christian teaching of a traditional sexual ethic. This affirms that sacramental marriage is between one man and one woman, and that sexual expression should be reserved within this covenantal relationship. For our full statement of belief, see our About Us page. We stand in joyful obedience to the Magisterium. 

 

We omit resources, organizations, or thinkers who advocate for a fundamental change in the Christian view of marriage or sexual expression. We avoid resources that overtly contradict or unnecessarily obfuscate essential teachings on sacramental marriage, sexual expression, or Christian anthropology.

We also recognize that pastoral care for persons on the LGBT+ spectrum is - practically speaking - a work in progress across all Christian denominations. We have done our best to compile a varied list of resources, organizations, and individual thinkers responding to this concern in the Body of Christ. Eden Invitation respects the contributions to these "front line" pastoral approaches and seeks to learn from that which is in alignment with our Catholic faith. Inclusion of other resources from persons and organizations does not imply endorsement of all content.

Church

THEOLOGICAL TEACHING

The following are authoritative texts from the Roman Catholic Church.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

An authoritative summary of Catholic doctrine (see paragraphs 2357-2359)

PASTORAL CARE TO HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS

A 1986 document from the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

THE CHURCH & CIVIL UNIONS

A 2003 document from the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...with a much longer title

GENDER THEORY & EDUCATION

A 2019 document from the Roman Catholic Congregation for Catholic Education

MINISTRY TO PERSONS WITH A HOMOSEXUAL INCLINATION

A 2006 document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 
 

MINISTRY ORGANIZATIONS

These organizations offer opportunities for connections, community, and personal growth for people experiencing same sex desires. Several are geared towards family, friends, and/or ministry workers. These organizations are listed in alphabetical order. Catholic entities are designated accordingly.

COURAGE INTERNATIONAL

A Roman Catholic apostolate offering retreats, conferences, and regional support groups, as well a parent's ministry, Encourage

THE CENTER FOR FAITH, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER

Christian resources and workshops for families and ministry leaders

EQUIP

Christian resources for churches and families

DESERT HOPE

Christian counseling support for parents 

DESERT STREAM | LIVING WATERS

Intensive Christian sexual integrity local support group series

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF SEXUAL IDENTITY

Counseling and psychological resources from a traditional Christian perspective

LEAD THEM HOME

Christian resources for churches and families

REVOICE

Inter-denominational Christian conference

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY INSTITUTE

Catholic formation retreats in anthropology and sexuality

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Check out these resources for further reading in a variety of areas.

LIVING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

A published collection of Catholic essays edited by Dr. Janet E. Smith & Fr. Paul Check

HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Perspectives from Courage founder Fr. John Harvey laid out in Q&A format

MADE FOR LOVE

An accessible text explaining Catholic teaching by Fr. Mike Schmitz

GUIDING FAMILIES

A Christian pastor's guide produced by Lead Them Home

UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL IDENTITY

A resource for youth ministers by psychologist Dr. Mark Yarhouse

MOM, DAD, I'M GAY: HOW SHOULD A CATHOLIC PARENT RESPOND

Downloadable PDF from Catholic therapist David Prosen

RESOURCE COLLECTIONS

TRUTH & LOVE

A pastoral resource collection managed by Courage International

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S FORUM

Offers a transgender resource collection compiled from theological, scientific, legal, and cultural perspectives

CHASTITY PROJECT

Offers pastoral and cultural resources curated by Catholic chastity speaker Jason Evert and his team

LIFE TEEN INTERNATIONAL

Offers Catholic resources on LGBT+ questions for teens and youth ministers, including the biographical book In Pursuit.

 
 

COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY

The following individuals - with their books, blogs, and speaking engagements - represent a variety of perspectives from their own experience. All are Christians committed to chastity and affirm a traditional sexual ethic. They are listed in alphabetical order.

DESIRE OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS

Catholic film featuring three stories 

SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

Ecumenical blogging collective

THE THIRD WAY

Film featuring stories & Catholic doctrine

HUDSON BYBLOW

Catholic Canadian Writer & Speaker

WESLEY HILL

Christian Co-Founder of Spiritual Friendship, author of Washed and Waiting and Spiritual Friendship

LAUIRE KRIEG

Christian speaker and author of Impossible Marriage

DAN MATTSON

Catholic author of Why I Don't Call Myself Gay

AVERA MARIA SANTO

Catholic blogger & author of Experience Me

EVE TUSHNET

Catholic peaker & author of Gay & Catholic

KIM ZEMBER

Catholic speaker and author of Restless Heart