The Truth About Homosexuality is Compassionate



Foreword by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

When Father Waiss asked me to write an introduction to this book, I was well aware that he chose me because I have had considerable experience over the years with Courage, a movement for people with same-sex attractions who work to lead chaste and holy lives in compliance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Along with Father John Harvey, O.S.F.S., the founder of Courage, I have written previously on this challenging subject.

I was delighted with Father Waiss's book. The dialogue format he uses is effective. He confronts difficult issues forthrightly and honestly. He answers questions that are of great concern to people dealing with same-sex attractions.

This book is of real importance at the present time because of the apparent increase in the number of people who are struggling with this issue, either in their own lives or in the lives of those they love. Many are critical today of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church on same-sex attraction—despite the fact that these teachings are grounded in Scripture and the natural law and have been the consistent stand of the Church for centuries. It is easy to understand that a person who experiences such attractions will find the Church's teachings difficult and may be tempted to call them unrealistic. Father Waiss's compassion and understanding when dealing with such problems is admirable, as is his ability to explain the logic of the Church's position, and his gentle but unyielding insistence on maintaining the objective Christian stance.

Father Waiss has written a very hopeful book, one that will be enlightening to those with same-sex attractions who are already committed to leading a chaste life and very helpful to those who continue to struggle. Anyone with an open mind can surely find something of benefit in his book, and so it can even be shared even with those who reject the Church's position.

The Church is not free to alter the faith to suit popular opinion and has had plenty of experience with teaching unpopular truths. We live at a time when Catholics have to be prepared to challenge cultural currents on a number of issues. This book makes us better able to do so effectively and fairly. It combines a search for truth with a hope founded on divine grace and God's ability to change the lives of each one of us. This is a book for people who have hope and for those who need hope. It is, as well, for those whose goal it to share the hope of the Christian faith with others. I highly recommend Born to Love for those who are interested in following the teachings of the Gospel.

Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.