Same Sex Attraction

God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.  And God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply"
Genesis 1:27-28

Step 1: Watch the Video

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This video features Rev. Paul Scalia, experienced in pastoral care of persons who experience SSA, talking about marriage to a group of teen boys in a classroom setting. Following that talk is testimonial from a member of Courage International. 

An introductory overview of the Tough Topics Same Sex Attraction Program

Source List

Episode 1: Same-Sex Attraction: What Do Nature and Reason Say?

Very Rev. Paul Scalia

You Can’t Love Another Person Apart From Truth

© 2022 St. Michael the Archangel High School,

Episode 2: Testimonial: What Does Experience Say?

Desire of the Everlasting Hills

© 2022 Courage International Inc.

Biographies of Featured Speakers

Fr. Paul Scalia

Fr. Paul Scalia was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in 1996, when he finished his master of arts degree at the Angelicum in Rome. He is now Episcopal Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese of Arlington and Pastor of Saint James Parish in Falls Church, Virginia. He founded the Arlington chapter of Courage, an apostolate that counsels men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. He served as its chaplain from 2004 to 2011 and  served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Courage International, from 2010 to 2018. He remains a member of the Board.  Fr. Scalia is the son of Justice Antonin Scalia (d.2016), who served on the United States Supreme Court for thirty years.

Step 2: Review Important Principles

After watching the video, give teens a chance to comment or ask questions.  Go over the following together. 

“We don’t want to think of people just in terms of categories: black, white, Hispanic, gay, bi, trans, or whatever else. We want to think of people as persons. Talk about people who have these experiences."

-Rev. Paul Scalia

Step 3: Practice Role-Play

Scenario #1: Messing with Marriage

You are at your grandfather’s funeral and your cousin Stan from out of town, whom you haven’t seen for years, greets you and introduces you to his “partner” Rick.

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Scenario #2: Labeling Limitations

You are on your high school Year Book Committee working with the main photographer, a male student. While working together you point out that there are a lot of pictures of another classmate, Jeff. The photographer peer explains, “That’s because I have a crush on him.” You seek clarification with, “You mean you admire him?” But he answers, “No, I mean I’m gay.”

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Scenario #3: Misleading Movie

A classmate tells you about his new favorite show which features a homosexual couple.

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“We are created by God in love, for love, and for eternity. Our identity is a created son or daughter of God.” 

-Mary Hasson

Download the program materials and distribute to participants. The materials include the important principles and the complete role-play scenarios for participants to review and put into practice.

Additional Resources:

For resources to assist those with same-sex attraction: Truth & Love,

For pastoral care for families and friends of people who experience same-sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria:

For three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality, watch Desire of the Everlasting Hills

For a video by Jason Evert on Homosexuality, Gay Marriage, and Holiness:

Age appropriate for 13+

For science-based arguments in support of supernatural truths, view free videos such as "The Remarkable Evidence of a Transcendent Soul," and "Science, God, and Creation," available at

For young children 3-7 years old, Philo and Sophie: Philosophy for Children by Healing the Culture 

For classic philosophical principles: Ten Universal Principles: A Basic Primer on Respect for Human Life,

For information on the universal definition of marriage: Dissenting Opinion, Obergefell v. Hodges Nos 14-556,14-565,14-571,14-574 U.S. (2015) supremecourt/opinions/Obergafell.pdf

Excerpts from Chief Justice Roberts dissenting with Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas joining (pages 4-7):

And a State’s decision to maintain the meaning of marriage that has persisted in every culture throughout human history can hardly be called irrational.

As the majority acknowledges, marriage “has existed for millennia and across civilizations.” Ante, at 3. For all those millennia, across all those civilizations, “marriage” referred to only one relationship: the union of a man and a woman. (p.4)

This universal definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is no historical coincidence. Marriage did not come about as a result of a political movement, discovery, disease, war, religious doctrine, or any other moving force of world history—and certainly not as a result of a prehistoric decision to exclude gays and lesbians. It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship. (p. 4,5)

The human race must procreate to survive. Procreation occurs through sexual relations between a man and a woman. When sexual relations result in the conception of a child, that child’s prospects are generally better if the mother and father stay together rather than going their separate ways. Therefore, for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond.

Society has recognized that bond as marriage. (p.5)

In his first American dictionary, Noah Webster defined marriage as “the legal union of a man and woman for life,” which served the purposes of “preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, . . . promoting domestic felicity, and . . . securing the  maintenance and education of children.” (p.6,7)