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In Made for Love, Fr. Michael Schmitz presents the Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction and same-sex "sexual" relations. He begins by giving background information regarding the different worldviews of the human person, the philosophical ideas of nature and purpose, the differences between objective and subjective truth, the principal of non-contradiction, and the falle In Made for Love, Fr. Michael Schmitz presents the Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction and same-sex "sexual" relations. He begins by giving background information regarding the different worldviews of the human person, the philosophical ideas of nature and purpose, the differences between objective and subjective truth, the principal of non-contradiction, and the fallen human nature that resulted from Original Sin. He then discusses in great detail the nature and ends of human sexuality and the nature of true love, while, in a compassionate and non-judgmental way, explaining the flawed nature of same-sex "sexual" relations. While this book is intended primarily for those who have same-sex attraction and their family and friends, its presentation of the compassionate truth of Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction will be of great benefit to everyone in today's society.


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In Made for Love, Fr. Michael Schmitz presents the Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction and same-sex "sexual" relations. He begins by giving background information regarding the different worldviews of the human person, the philosophical ideas of nature and purpose, the differences between objective and subjective truth, the principal of non-contradiction, and the falle In Made for Love, Fr. Michael Schmitz presents the Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction and same-sex "sexual" relations. He begins by giving background information regarding the different worldviews of the human person, the philosophical ideas of nature and purpose, the differences between objective and subjective truth, the principal of non-contradiction, and the fallen human nature that resulted from Original Sin. He then discusses in great detail the nature and ends of human sexuality and the nature of true love, while, in a compassionate and non-judgmental way, explaining the flawed nature of same-sex "sexual" relations. While this book is intended primarily for those who have same-sex attraction and their family and friends, its presentation of the compassionate truth of Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction will be of great benefit to everyone in today's society.

30 review for Made for Love: Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sayde Scarlett

    Whilst it's nice that some in the Catholic Church are making more of an effort to be less heinous to the LGBT community, this offering is still a soft soap. To be fair, the book is a step in right direction. I enjoyed it. The way Father Schmitz talks about love is absolutely beautiful - almost poetic, even. Not what I would expect from a middle-aged priest out of the American Midwest at all. Fr Schmitz does not, however, do enough to address or acknowldege the profound hurt the unfairness of the Whilst it's nice that some in the Catholic Church are making more of an effort to be less heinous to the LGBT community, this offering is still a soft soap. To be fair, the book is a step in right direction. I enjoyed it. The way Father Schmitz talks about love is absolutely beautiful - almost poetic, even. Not what I would expect from a middle-aged priest out of the American Midwest at all. Fr Schmitz does not, however, do enough to address or acknowldege the profound hurt the unfairness of the Church's position on LGBT lifestyles inflicts on those Catholics who experience same-sex attraction. It feels like there are chapters missing. I hate to criticise this book because the intentions behind it are so obviously good but it needs another edition with the rest of the book. Fr Schmitz talks a lot about how great marriage is, but then says nothing on how hard it would be to forgo that. Or how hard it is to not have your relatives or friends show up at your wedding/civil partnership. Or how hard it is for homosexuals to not have their relatives or friends acknowledge their children. This book contains a lot of advice for Catholic relatives and friends of LGBT people which is undoubtedly good. The author clearly has great empathy for the LGBT community but it feels misplaced. If you're going to write a book like this, I think you really need to acknowledge that the path to Catholic grace for homosexuals is significantly harder. Heterosexuals get to have a loving sexual relationship, children, and never feel excluded or guilty for that. Whilst a life of self-imposed celibacy may be appealing to a [presumably] celibate priest like Father Schmitz, to others the pain of forgoing full romantic relationships is a gaping, mortal wound. It would just be nice, if he'd addressed the profound hurt the Church's teaching cause more deeply, even in the 'self-denial is still the only way to heaven' sort of way that is this book's ultimate conclusion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Well written; have me a better idea of the Catholic Church's take on LGBT First, let me state, I am not Catholic. I am a United Methodist (and relatively new at that - though life long Christian). The UMC is currently debating it's own stance on LGBT. In fact, a special conference is being held in February 2019 on the topic. As a result, I've been led to come to my own stance on LGBT. I've been reading books by authors on both sides to help me come to my conclusion on a topic I've purposely avoid Well written; have me a better idea of the Catholic Church's take on LGBT First, let me state, I am not Catholic. I am a United Methodist (and relatively new at that - though life long Christian). The UMC is currently debating it's own stance on LGBT. In fact, a special conference is being held in February 2019 on the topic. As a result, I've been led to come to my own stance on LGBT. I've been reading books by authors on both sides to help me come to my conclusion on a topic I've purposely avoided most my life. I chose Made For Love based off a recommendation of Fr. Michael Schmitz from a very dear friend of mine (who does happen to be Catholic). All that said, while I disagree with some of the conclusions (for lack of a better word) of the book, Fr. Schmitz did an excellent job of explaining the Catholic Church's stance on LGBT. I'm not LGBT myself, but an ally I've discovered, and intervene book was written with great respect. As Fr. Schmitz wrote, I can respectfully agree to disagree with what he wrote. Despite my disagreement, it was very helpful to read this book. It gave me a much clearer understanding of the Catholic Church's on (and by assumption, others who feel that way). I really believe both sides would benefit from discussing ,respectfully, the issue instead of arguing who's wrong. I felt Fr. Schmitz did that and I recommend people on both sides of the issue read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Very thoughtful and loving explanation of the church's teaching. May we all come to know Jesus & His father's plan for our lives. God bless, we're all in this together! 💗 Very thoughtful and loving explanation of the church's teaching. May we all come to know Jesus & His father's plan for our lives. God bless, we're all in this together! 💗

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Wolf

    Very superficial with lots of shallow analogies and anecdotes designed to manipulate. Two stars rather than one only because of the emphasis on love and affirming individuals as much as possible.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nic Lishko

    What a beautiful book. God bless you Father!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Álvaro Pérez Palafox

    Es un buen libro que cumple su cometido: explicar la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la homosexualidad. Me parece que por el modo afable, chistoso que esta escrito y que comieanza por lo más básico, puede ser en varios momentos, lento. Un libro que explica integralmente la ética sexual de una manera sencilla aunque resbuscada. No me encanto pero es un buen libro. En vez de recomendar el libro, recomendaría las conferencias del autor (Fr. Mike) disponibles en YouTube.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    There's so much disinformation out there, intent on disparaging the Catholic Church regarding their position on homosexuality. Made for Love is a wonderful book, it dispels the myths and reveals the truth about God's plan for all for us. It is affirming and uplifting. I highly recommend it! There's so much disinformation out there, intent on disparaging the Catholic Church regarding their position on homosexuality. Made for Love is a wonderful book, it dispels the myths and reveals the truth about God's plan for all for us. It is affirming and uplifting. I highly recommend it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Miranda

    I thought his conversation on the topic was a good exposition of the Church's teaching and I think it is helpful for those struggling with this particular area to realize how loved they are. With that said, I wish his questions and answers section at the end addressed the same-sex attracted person rather than giving advice to how parents are to deal with their child. I think that is a great failure of the book. I thought his conversation on the topic was a good exposition of the Church's teaching and I think it is helpful for those struggling with this particular area to realize how loved they are. With that said, I wish his questions and answers section at the end addressed the same-sex attracted person rather than giving advice to how parents are to deal with their child. I think that is a great failure of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jake Oliger

    This is such a compassionate and well written book. Fr. Mike's thoughtfulness and empathy shine through in each chapter, especially the last few, to which the whole book builds. This book has helped me and I will be sharing this book with people I love. This is such a compassionate and well written book. Fr. Mike's thoughtfulness and empathy shine through in each chapter, especially the last few, to which the whole book builds. This book has helped me and I will be sharing this book with people I love.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    An excellent book with Fr.Mike's trademark humor. He dispels the lie that the Catholic Church hates people with same sex attractiona and beautifully lays out the Church's teaching. An excellent book with Fr.Mike's trademark humor. He dispels the lie that the Catholic Church hates people with same sex attractiona and beautifully lays out the Church's teaching.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily Meixner

    Logical yet beautiful and compassionate handling of a difficult topic!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Conor

    Beautiful book. Pastoral, loving. A true bridge to those who are hurting and feel as if they are excluded.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    An excellent, accessible and compassionate approach to Same Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church. Highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian Walker

    Helpful It delivered what it promised and helped understand how to be a Catholic struggling with these things. I recommend it to anyone struggling in this area.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    The title summarizes this book well. Fr. Mike explains how we are all "Made for Love," and this book gave me a lot to consider in my own life. While the beginning chapters about moral relativism may seem unnecessary (and might cause you to want to flip ahead), they actually do provide an important foundation. There are many places to find what the church teaches regarding homosexuality, but this book explains the reasons for those teachings, as well as the logic that underlies those reasons. Fr. The title summarizes this book well. Fr. Mike explains how we are all "Made for Love," and this book gave me a lot to consider in my own life. While the beginning chapters about moral relativism may seem unnecessary (and might cause you to want to flip ahead), they actually do provide an important foundation. There are many places to find what the church teaches regarding homosexuality, but this book explains the reasons for those teachings, as well as the logic that underlies those reasons. Fr. Mike Schmitz attempts to speak on these issues with empathy and love. I appreciated the personal stories he shared, which provide a sense of his work as a pastor (and friend and brother) who has walked alongside individuals with same-sex attraction. He is a pastor who understands church teaching, but also understands the human hearts that struggle with this teaching.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Fr. Michael Schmitz extrapolates on the Catholic church's teachings on love, same-sex attraction, and marriage. In a compassionate manner, Father Mike makes it clear that everyone is a sinner and we all need God's love. Finding God and operating in His will is how we are meant to live. I also want to recommend Father Mike's Ascension presents videos to anyone who is looking for more guidance on the Catholic faith. Fr. Michael Schmitz extrapolates on the Catholic church's teachings on love, same-sex attraction, and marriage. In a compassionate manner, Father Mike makes it clear that everyone is a sinner and we all need God's love. Finding God and operating in His will is how we are meant to live. I also want to recommend Father Mike's Ascension presents videos to anyone who is looking for more guidance on the Catholic faith.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    I became aware of this book by listening to the podcast "The Bible in a Year" by the book's author, Fr. Mike Schmitz. Like the podcast, it's written with love and kindness and humor. It's a solid exposition on why the Catholic church believes that same-sex acts (as opposed to same-sex attractions) are disordered and not in keeping with God's plan for each of us. Very much of a 'hate the sin, love the sinner (since that is all of us)' theme. I became aware of this book by listening to the podcast "The Bible in a Year" by the book's author, Fr. Mike Schmitz. Like the podcast, it's written with love and kindness and humor. It's a solid exposition on why the Catholic church believes that same-sex acts (as opposed to same-sex attractions) are disordered and not in keeping with God's plan for each of us. Very much of a 'hate the sin, love the sinner (since that is all of us)' theme.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lara

    Recommended for anyone who has questions regarding the Catholic approach to homosexuality. Written from the heart of a priest and brother. Fr. Mike does an excellent job elaborating the problems with homosexual marriage and calls everyone (heterosexuals and homosexuals) to a chaste life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cassady Detrick

    This book was awesome! It have a very clear and direct but simple way of describing what the church believes around same sex attraction. It is very helpful if you are working in ministry with people who experience same sex attraction.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ken S

    Great loving perspective Fr Mike presents the facts on a tough subject in an objective and loving manner. He shows that these are issues impacting all Christians to some degree, and while not saying it is OK to go against God’s plans, we need to treat our brothers and sisters with the love God has for each of us.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily Blasik

    Fr. Mike Schmitz has a passion for the truth and never fails to explain the church's teachings in the most loving, compassionate way (as it should be). His talks and writings on the faith are truly inspiring, especially when it comes to the tough stuff. Fr. Mike Schmitz has a passion for the truth and never fails to explain the church's teachings in the most loving, compassionate way (as it should be). His talks and writings on the faith are truly inspiring, especially when it comes to the tough stuff.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Warm, generous, gentle, and overflowing with truth and love This is essential reading for any Christian to help form our hearts for loving our fellow humans well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Vail

    Even thought I dont have SSA I got so much out of this book about love and life

  24. 4 out of 5

    Malkarium

    A great book if you want to get the big picture of the Catholic view of homosexuality.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    A well-thought out, well-presented book that does not at all reflect my personal beliefs. However, it helped me to understand some of my religious friends a little bit better and to understand their viewpoints. I'm reading this alongside Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate in order to have a civil debate with some friends about churches affirming or not affirming LGBTQ+ identities within the Christian religion. This book was her pick. Up next, mine. A well-thought out, well-presented book that does not at all reflect my personal beliefs. However, it helped me to understand some of my religious friends a little bit better and to understand their viewpoints. I'm reading this alongside Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate in order to have a civil debate with some friends about churches affirming or not affirming LGBTQ+ identities within the Christian religion. This book was her pick. Up next, mine.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I would encourage this book to any Catholic who may be confused by the Church's teachings on same-sex attraction and homosexual relationships. Fr. Mike is a very clear and compassionate writer who nevertheless remains orthodox throughout the book. We are all called to holiness, gay or straight. We are all called to chastity in our state in lives, no matter what our situation is or who we are attracted to. I would encourage this book to any Catholic who may be confused by the Church's teachings on same-sex attraction and homosexual relationships. Fr. Mike is a very clear and compassionate writer who nevertheless remains orthodox throughout the book. We are all called to holiness, gay or straight. We are all called to chastity in our state in lives, no matter what our situation is or who we are attracted to.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Love Fr. Mike!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Walt

    A beautifully written book that is really about the inherent dignity of each human person.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria Ana

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Daley

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