Add this to the list of ways the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has improved in recent years — the Courage apostolate is active and endorsed by the Archbishop. From the December 2014 edition of the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati:

Courage, an international apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to persons with same-sex attractions, now has a chapter in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The ministry stems from the awareness of the late Terence Cardinal Cooke of New York that the church previously had little, if any, formal outreach to persons with same-sex desires, be it support groups or information. In response to this concern, he decided to form a spiritual support system that would assist men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love.

Knowing of moral theologian Father John Harvey’s extensive ministry experience in this field, he invited him to come to his archdiocese. With the help Father Benedict Groeschel and others, Father Harvey, who passed away in 2010, began the Courage apostolate with its first meeting in September 1980.

With the endorsement of the Holy See, Courage now has more than 100 Chapters and contact people world-wide, over 1,500 persons participating in its ListServs, and hundreds of persons per week receiving assistance from the main office and website. It has become a mainstream Catholic apostolate helping thousands of men and women find peace through pray, fellowship and the sacraments, according to the Courage website.

Andrew Sodergren, a psychologist currently ministering locally at Ruah Woods, first became acquainted with Courage while working with a Catholic counseling agency in Washington, D.C. He was impressed with how the ministry helped those struggling with same-sex attractions that “wanted to live chaste lives and be more fully integrated with Catholic faith and values.”

We’ve come a long way since the associational confusion of the last episcopate.

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