Catholic Sexual Morality Links and Resources

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn, YouCat  (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011) (print only)

Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 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.

2358 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.

2359 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.


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

A Pastoral Letter to Young People on Chastity

Pastoral Ministry to Young People with Same-sex Attraction (includes a study guide)

Catholic Organization for Life and Family

Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO)

Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Orientation Guidelines.pdf

Intimacy and Sexuality  (letter to Secondary Students) (with suggested format for Adult Discussion Group)

Church Teaching on Sexual Morality

Institute for Catholic Education

Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

AIDS: A Catholic Educational Approach to HIV – Ontario Catholic Schools Second Edition (Print Only)

Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education, 2012  See also the support resources at

Ontario Catholic Secondary Religious Education Curriculum Policy Document (2006)

Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA)

Respecting Difference

Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario (CARFLEO)

Supplemental Resources to Support Grade Seven and Eight Family Life Education 2007

 Equity and Inclusivity Links

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholic Documents on Chastity:

United States Bishops resources on Sexuality:

United States Bishops resources on Theology of the Body:




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