Posted: July 17, 2013
Medical experts say "ex-gay therapy" costs lives, contributing to already epidemic levels of depression and suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. So why is a Roman Catholic Cardinal offering his blessing to a conference that trains therapists and priests in ex-gay therapy?
Even as other ex-gay ministries apologize and close their doors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) continues to promote the view that homosexuality is a disorder and can be "cured."
Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, is scheduled to celebrate Mass at the "Courage Conference" immediately after two therapists affiliated with NARTH, Dr. Bill Consiglio and Dr. Timothy Lock, offer training seminars for clergy and mental health care providers.
Regardless of the Roman Catholic Church's official teachings on sexual morality, surely Cardinal George doesn't want to lend his endorsement to bogus and harmful medical techniques.
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