Same-Sex Attraction

While homosexual acts constitute a grave offense and do not proceed from a genuine love for the other person, men and women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Those who live with this trial are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite the difficulties they may encounter from their condition to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357-2358).

The Church recognizes the needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions to support one another and their loved ones.

Learn more about help and resources if you or a loved one struggle with same-sex attractions. Please call Fr. Knapp, SJ (314.792.7993) to find out more about local support groups that can help.