Sexuality

Authentic Sexuality

101 Quick Questions with Catholic Answers: Sexuality - Peggy Frye
In a world where modern culture treats sexuality as a theme park for adults instead of as a gift given to man and woman to share in the context of love and marriage, the Catholic Church remains steadfast in its work as steward of Christ’s teachings and continues to guide the world in the truths of human sexuality.

The Chastity Project - Chastity Project believes that young people play a pivotal role in the new evangelization, and therefore invites them to launch chastity projects within their schools and churches to promote the good news of purity to their peers.

Green Sex: The Case for Natural Family Planning - Jason Evert
First comes loves, then comes marriage ... then what? If sex is natural, why are we so eager to make it artificial? In this presentation, Jason Evert presents the case for Natural Family Planning as he unveils the beauty of God's plan for sexuality. Jason has spoken about chastity to more than one million people around the world and is the author or more than a dozen books.

If You Really Love Me - Jason Evert
Since its release in 2003, Jason Evert’s landmark book If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions On Dating, Relationships, And Sexual Purity has been considered the go-to resource when it comes to questions relating to chastity, relationships, dating and other issues which come up on a regular basis in the lives of teenagers and young adults. 

Love or Lust? - Jason and Crystalina Evert
Scare tactics, guilt trips, and the climbing teen pregnancy rates don't really inspire anyone to love. In this presentation from Jason and Crystalina Evert, you'll discover the difference between love and lust while getting straight answers about dating, relationships, and sexual purity.

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II
This English translation by internationally renowned biblical scholar Michael Waldstein includes meticulous scholarship and profound insight into John Paul II’s magnificent vision of the human person.

The New Sexual Revolution: How to Form Pure Teens - Chris Stefanick
Studies have proven that few factors determine a teen's physical, social, educational, emotional, and even financial health as profoundly as their choice for purity or promiscuity. In this dynamic talk, 14-year youth ministry veteran Chris Stefanick shows us exactly what we're up against and how to turn the tides in the culture war for your teen's purity.

No Imitations: Saying "Yes" to Authentic Love - Chris Stefanick
Presented by Lighthouse Catholic Youth: Chris Stefanick discusses chastity beyond the usual fear tactics and "just say no's." Instead we are offered something to say "Yes" to: health, happiness, authentic relationships, and the love we were made for. Everything else is just an imitation.

Parenting for Purity - Jason Evert
Do you want to be the #1 influence in your teen's sexual behavior? In this presentation, Jason Evert provides parents with 10 powerful strategies to safeguard the innocence of their children and effectively communicate the benefits and beauty of chastity to their family.

Theology of the Body for Beginners - Christopher West
In Theology of the Body for Beginners. Christopher West provides a short and popular summary of the Pope's revolutionary teaching.

 

Those Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction

Hope & Holiness: Pastoral Care for Those with Same-Sex Attraction - a booklet prepared by the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons -Prepared by the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones.

Encourage is a ministry within Courage (support for those with same-sex attraction - "homosexuality" - dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who havesame-sex attractions. 

Encourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship. In the St. Louis area contact Fr. Knapp, SJ (Courage), or Fr. Houlihan, SJ (Encourage) at 314.792.7993. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a return call.

Male and Female He Made Them: Questions & Answers about Marriage & Same-Sex Unions - Mary Jo Anderson & Robin Bernhoft

Marriage: Unique for a Reason - USCCB

The Truth about Homosexuality - Fr. John F. Harvey
This book addresses the complex moral and pastoral questions involved in both homosexual orientation and activity, including an analysis of lifestyles in accord with the Christian Gospel, and those running counter to the Christian perception.

Why Homosexual Unions are Not Marriages - Catholic Answers

"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared thta 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." (CCC, 2357)

"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition." (CCC, 2358)

"Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection." (CCC, 2359)

 

Anti-Pornography Programs

Covenant Eyes: Protecting Your Family Online - Covenant Eyes is an internet accountability and filtering service. It equips people and families with tools to escape pornography and form positive habits online in order to create healthy families and a culture of accountability in our churches. Covenant Eyes believes that what people do online impacts their lives offline—and the internet is full of tempting websites. Internet pornography especially hurts families and marriages, and prevents people from becoming who God has called them to be. To protect families and individuals from the temptations on the web, Covenant Eyes offers a software program for personal computers for filtering information. Every family member receives a login and password, and parents receive a weekly list of all sites which have been searched. In addition to software filtering, Covenant Eyes offers a Parent Workshop for how to manage the family’s internet use in a healthy and virtuous environment. For more information or to purchase Covenant Eyes Software, call 877.479.1119 (toll free), email resources@covenanteyes.com.

RECLAiM: God's Plan for Sexual Health - Offers an anonymous, science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program, and provides resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their lives, and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.

 

Books & Audio

Breaking Free: 12 Steps to Sexual Purity for Men - Steve Wood
This booklet offers practical assistance, not only to overcome, but also to prevent an addiction to pornography. (This is also available on ebook, MP3, and CD.)

Defeating Satan's Deadly Weapon Against Men - Jeff Cavins
Pornography has become pervasive in our culture - a true plague, infecting nearly every corner of our society. Its disastrous effects are seen in sexual addiction, ruined marriages, and shattered lives. Jeff Cavins notes that many men struggle with pornography. With great insight, he shows how we can fight pornography's devastating influence and chart a course to true Christian purity.

Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity - Matt Fradd
Deliverance from pornography is possible and these true stories prove it. 

Detox - Jason Evert
Within every heart is a battlefield between love and lust. In this presentation, Jason Evert discusses the strategies necessary to win the war and uproot the vice of pornography once and for all.

The Pornography Plague and the Path to Christian Purity - Jeff Cavins
Pornography has become pervasive in our culture - a true plague, infecting nearly every corner of our society. Its disastrous effects are seen in sexual addiction, ruined marriages, and shattered lives. Jeff Cavins notes that many men struggle with pornography. With great insight, he shows how we can fight pornography's devastating influence and chart a course to true Christian purity.

Pure of Heart: Breaking Free from Porn  (CD) - Jason Evert
With Pure of Heart in your corner, you'll finally have the tools, the guidance, and the motivation you need to break free of an addiction to pornography for good.

Taking Down Goliath: Five Strategies to Get Porn Out of Your Life (CD) - Matt Fradd
In his powerful CD, Taking Down Goliath, Apologist and Speaker, Matt Fradd uses his infectious and engaging speaking style to help you with five strategies to get porn out of your life. 

The Ugly Truth: Two Former Insiders Expose the Reality Behind the Porn Industry (CDs) - Matt Fradd
The Ugly Truth is an edifying listening: a sobering answer to porn’s lies and a powerful exhortation to pray for the many men and women caught within its snare.

Winning the Battle for Sexual Purity - Christopher West
In this CD, Christopher West addresses the struggles in the area of sexual purity and lust that many, if not most, men face.

 

Contraception

Adam and Eve After the Pill - Mary Eberstadt
This ground-breaking book by noted essayist and author Mary Eberstadt contends that sexual freedom has paradoxically produced widespread discontent. Drawing on sociologists Pitirim Sorokin, Carle Zimmerman, and others; philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe and novelist Tom Wolfe; and a host of feminists, food writers, musicians, and other voices from across today's popular culture, Eberstadt makes her contrarian case with an impressive array of evidence.

Contraception: Cracking the Myths - Prof. Janet Smith 

Contraception: Why Not? is a new revised edition of Dr. Janet Smith’s groundbreaking expose on the devastating effects of the pill on modern society.

Humanae Vitae - Pope Paul VI

Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader - Prof. Janet Smith (Editor)
Janet Smith has gathered together twenty-one outstanding essays and articles by well-respected thinkers to provide the demonstration that Pope Paul VI was not simply correct, but prophetic.

 

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