Church should make views on homosexuality understandable, says priest

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May 28, 2015

People react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage May 23. In an interview with Catholic News Service Father Paul Check, director of a church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals, said the Catholic Church not only needs to provide pastoral care for those with same-sex attraction but it should also make its teaching Òaccessible, understandable and compelling for people.Ó (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters) See COURAGE-CHECK May 28, 2015.

People react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage May 23. In an interview with Catholic News Service Father Paul Check, director of a church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals, said the Catholic Church not only needs to provide pastoral care for those with same-sex attraction but it should also make its teaching “accessible, understandable and compelling for people.” (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church not only needs to provide pastoral care for those with same-sex attraction but it should also make its teaching “accessible, understandable and compelling for people,” said the director of a church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals.

Father Paul Check, director of Courage for the past eight years, said Catholics with same-sex attraction would be also more likely to “understand what the church teaches if it became more plain to them that they have a place in the church.”

He aims to get that message across through the work of his apostolate, which particularly focuses on providing clergy training, but he said the message still needs to “get to the ground to people who need it.”

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