Guidlines for gay dating
Divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as cohabitating unmarried couples, must "refrain from sexual intimacy" to receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J.
Chaput has asserted in a new set of pastoral guidelines.
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University estimates that there are 4.5 million Catholics in this country who are divorced and remarried without an annulment.
In his pastoral guidelines, Chaput praises Amoris for its "sections of exceptional beauty," and notes that it will serve as "key resources in revising and upgrading our [archdiocesan] marriage preparation program." Chaput was not available to discuss the guidelines, but the Rev.
Allowing persons in such "irregular" relationships, "no matter how sincere," to hold positions of responsibility would "offer a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community," according to Chaput.
Known as an apostolic exhortation, it does not carry the weight of an encyclical but is viewed as a major teaching of the church.
Maeser also, however, relied largely on individual student's honor and honesty in keeping the rules, intending faculty visits as times of counsel rather than espionage. Brimhall served as president, enforcement became somewhat more lax (there were no more faculty visits), but adherence to the same basic principles were encouraged.——I still remember the cold chills that ran down my spine when it finally dawned on me that I was gay. I never wanted to be “that way,” whatever that meant.I wondered if those feelings would go away over time, or if I would always be attracted to the same sex.God knows you and nothing you say or do is going to change the fact that He loves you.I now believe that there is no greater calling in life than to be exactly who we are.