The Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut is launching an outreach program to council gay men lesbians to become celibate, the Harford Courant reported.
The diocese has announced the opening of a local chapter of Courage, a Catholic ministry that teaches that being gay is okay so long as men and women remain chaste.
“Thorough support and spiritual intervention, we can help people with same-sex attraction lead moral and fulfilling lives,” Robert Pallotti, director of the Office of Diaconate, told the paper. “These people are hurting and so are their families. Doing nothing would be a lack of compassion.”
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