Thursday, July 02, 2009

Change, change, change...

Mother of Cherilyn Sarkasian LaPier, are these people nuts?!
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In the gay community coming out is a sort of ordination ritual proclaiming, "You are a gay forever, according to the order of... whatever." - and there are no dispensations after that - unless the person decides to go transgender. That doctrine could change however if recent studies can be verified. Heresy you say? Read on...
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"Back in 1973, Dr. Robert Spitzer persuaded the American Psychiatric Association to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder. More than two decades later, the same Dr. Spitzer finds his new research out of step with the prevailing view of homosexuality that he helped create. He says his five-year study of 200 people shows that homosexuals can change their sexual preference.
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“I think I’ve always been somebody who likes to challenge prevailing orthodoxies,” said Spitzer, chief of biometrics research and professor of psychiatry at New York’s Columbia University. “There was an orthodoxy in 1973, and there is a recent orthodoxy in the mental-health profession which makes this kind of a taboo question to even ask.”
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Spitzer’s study of 143 males and 57 females was presented May 9 at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting and since has been met with praise from conservative groups and criticism from homosexual activists. He will also present it to the Catholic Conference on Healing for the Homosexual next month at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons of the Catholic Medical Association, which in November released “Homosexuality and Hope” for Catholic physicians, educators, clergy, parents and mental health professionals, said he feels vindicated by the Spitzer study. “It’s encouraging to see a man of science who is able to document what we are stating.”
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“Homosexuality and Hope” calls homosexuality a preventable and treatable condition and says it is not genetically determined and unchangeable. “Our statement says that there is no such thing as a homosexual identity. ... It is a state of emotional woundedness which can be healed,” said Fitzgibbons, a Philadelphia psychiatrist who helped head the task force that produced the document. " - Continue...
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Shifters.
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Other researchers presented opposing studies showing that their subjects reported suffering mental stress or emotional pain from the treatment used to overcome homosexuality. "Of the few [24 out 202] who succeeded in making changes, Schroeder and Shidlo said six were what researchers called “heterosexual shifters,” people who were able to shift from being attracted to the same gender to the opposite sex. The other 18, they said, continued to struggle with same-sex desires. “Some labeled themselves as heterosexual, eight or nine took no label at all, and many were asexual or celibate,” Schroeder said.
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Shidlo said the study found that most people felt they experienced success early on in their therapy, but failed later: “Some people that we spoke to who failed to change said that had we spoken to them at some point earlier in their journey, they would have told us that they succeeded.” - Same Source
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My thoughts.
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As I've said before - any individual seeking any sort of therapy must be strongly motivated to do so - few in this culture have that motivation - wanting it for them is neither practical or effective. One needs to remember what the Catechism teaches: “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” (No. 2359).
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In other words such persons are called to holiness, and by following this path, one's passions are eventually quelled and the person actually begins to experience the freedom of spirit and peace that are the guarantee of the promises of Christ... and persecution besides. Temptations are never absent to anyone in this life however, and in many cases, especially with young people, subsequent falls - but as Catholics we have the assurance of the sacrament of penance to restore us to grace. So not to worry so much about changing orientation - just stay in the state of grace: "Seek first his kingship over you, his way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides." - Matt. 6:33
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"Do not, then, surrender your confidence; it will have great reward. You need patience to do God's will and receive what he promised." - Hebrews 10: 35-36 (The virtue of patience is sustained by the infused virtue of fortitude and the Holy Spirit's gift of fortitude, if it is lost, we can recover it through the sacrament of penance, this trust in the mercy of God bolsters our confidence.)

8 comments:

  1. I love the sacrament of Penance :-)
    I mean, I don't like being in the situation of having to go to Confession, but I love the sacrament.

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  2. "- just stay in the state of grace: 'Seek first his kingship over you, his way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides.'" Good advice for all of us.

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  3. This is actually quite old news. It's also distorted, which is not surprising given your views, Terry, oh homosexuality. I suggest you visit here for a reality check.

    Peace,

    Michael

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  4. Those who believe that homosexuals cannot change their behavior apparently consider that homosexuals have no more abilities than higher level animals such as chimpanzees, totally at the mercy of their circumstances. They are unwilling to even consider the possibility that homosexuals can change their same sex preferences.

    I'm not sure what the techniques recommended by "Courage" are but surely they must include a combination of modern counseling and therapeutic techniques, self-empowerment techniques, medical and pharmaceutic procedures developed and prayer.

    Given the destructive lifestyles engaged in by many homosexuals, one wonders why so many of them deny even the possibility of change.

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  5. Michael thanks for setting us straight by linking to the 2007 post.

    My post deals with his most recent statement from May of 2009. He doesn't pretend to accept Catholic teaching on homosexuality, which happen to be the views I hold, what he does conclude is that in some cases change is possible:

    "Spitzer concluded that some highly motivated people could make a substantial change in sexual orientation and achieve good heterosexual functioning, although he said that for a person to completely cease having homosexual attractions and fantasies is likely uncommon."

    Of course, Spitzer does not take into account the action of divine grace and the person's cooperation with it.

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  6. Ray, could you fluidly change your orientation to "gay," if you so desired?

    The fact is that while some people may fluidly pass from orientation to orientation, most cannot.

    The ones who "do" go back and forth between men and women are more than likely bisexual, which is a whole different can of worms, and one which hasn't been addressed.

    I still maintain, as I have all along, that it isn't your orientation that matters- straight or gay- it's how you live your life.

    BTW, there's a military coup in Honduras led by soldiers trained at SOA. But no, I don't think the generals are homos.

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  7. No, Terry, it is old news: certain folks with a very rigid and narrow agenda cherry-pick the findings of a credible researcher in the complex field of sexuality so as to bolster their ideology - an ideology that's more often than not dressed up as theology (except that it's not genuine theology because it doesn't take into consideration the very locus of revelation: human experience).

    I tell you what: I'll concede that some gay folks can "change" their orientation (actually, that's not difficult for me to do as a good friend of mine is bisexual); now can you concede that the rest of Spitzer's findings and views on homosexuality are just as important and worthy of highlighing as this one piece that you've chosen to focus on? No, I didn't think so.

    It remains old news.

    Peace,

    Michael

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  8. michael r.6:38 AM

    I'm not sure how you would square some of the conversion therapies with traditional Catholic theology. Who does one "practice" one's new sexual orientation with? I don't believe the Church allows us to do a test drive, whether homo or hetero, or did I miss a memo? Do you suggest that the newly converted heterosexuals propose marriage in order to find out if the conversion has worked?

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