Research pertinent to the Boy Scouts of America debate
5/22/2013 5:43:00 AM The following email from NARTH was received May 21 at the Cal Catholic office.
By Michelle Cretella, M.D. and David Pruden, M.S.
-California Catholic Daily
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a professional, scientific organization that offers therapeutic assistance to those who struggle with unwanted homosexuality. As an organization, NARTH disseminates educational information, conducts and collects scientific research, promotes effective therapeutic treatment, and provides referrals to those who seek our assistance.
In keeping with NARTH's commitment to science and education, NARTH offers the following synopsis of scientific research on homosexuality that may be helpful to the national council of the Boy Scouts of America as it deliberates a change in policy that would allow homosexually-identified youth as members.
The development of homosexuality is influenced by environment.
Homosexuality is not an unchangeable biologically determined trait like race. The American Psychological Association reports, "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles..."
PROMOTING GAY MARRIAGE AT NOTRE DAME
5/21/2013 8:52:00 AM -Sycamore Trust
Administration approves on campus screening of film promoting gay marriage and repudiating Catholic teaching as "academic event."
Bishop Eugene Robinson at Notre Dame (Observer)
NOTRE DAME, IN - The Gay Film Festival and the lesbian-themed Vagina Monologues are gone for now, but we have just been given a new and even more troubling example of what is likely in store in wake of the university's approval of a gay student organization.
The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of Notre Dame and St. Mary's (GALA) was recently permitted to present on campus a program featuring the married gay Episcopalian bishop Eugene Robinson and his promotion of gay marriage and assault on the Church's teaching on homosexual sex.
In this time of mission
5/21/2013 8:42:00 AM
By Archbishop Josť H. Gomez
-Diocese of Los Angelos, CA
Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit
5/20/2013 8:36:00 AM -St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, IL
DOJ ON 'GAYS': 'SILENCE WILL BE INTERPRETED AS DISAPPROVAL'
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
By Matt Barber
Supreme Court to Hear Case Regarding Prayer in Government Meetings
5/21/2013 10:00:00 AM The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding public prayer in government meetings which, depending on the verdict, could greatly alter the future of public religious expression in the United States.
By Katherine Weber
The Supreme Court justices announced Monday that they will be hearing the case of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway, Susan, a 2008 case filed by Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, residents of Greece, N.Y., who sued the city, arguing that it had violated the First Amendment rule of separation of church and state by allowing predominately Christian prayers to be held at government meetings.
Galloway and Stephens argued that the majority of prayers held at Greece government meetings from 1999 to 2010 were delivered by Christian clergy, and therefore the city was endorsing the religion.
The city argued that since the country's founding, town councils have included prayer in their meetings and they are constitutionally allowed to exercise their religious heritage.
YOU CRITICIZED OBAMA: FAMED CHRISTIAN RADIO HOST ALLEGES OUTRAGEOUS IRS INTIMIDATION
5/20/2013 11:51:00 AM Dr. James Dobson, a well-known Christian author and radio host, has come forward to discuss the disturbing details of his alleged run-in with the Internal Revenue Service.
By Billy Hallowell
It all started when he decided to create a 501(c)(4) for his radio ministry, Family Talk. TheBlaze interviewed his son, Ryan Dobson, about the 18-month debacle.
The organization, according to Dobson, submitted its application to the IRS on September 2, 2011.
Despite having what he called a "good attorney" who has been working in the industry for 26 years and who has never had an application denied, the IRS allegedly made the process needlessly difficult - at one point threatening to refuse approval.
Moscow defies EU, prohibits gay pride march out of 'respect for morality'
5/19/2013 9:16:00 PM
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
Bill Donohue: IRS Targeted Catholic League
5/18/2013 5:11:00 PM
By Bill Donohue
Planned Parenthood Commends Boston College's Choice of Commencement Speaker
5/17/2013 11:44:00 AM
By Tim Drake
-Catholic Education Daily