Change is possible for gays, says psychologist

Change Is Possible for Gays, Says Psychologist
APA Admits Homosexuality Also Due to Environmental Factors zenit.org/article-26183?l=english
On the Net:

National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality Web site: www.narth.com

Cardinal Ratzinger’s Letter: vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19861001_homosexual-persons_en.html

By Genevieve Pollock

ENCINO, California, JUNE 15, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A Catholic psychologist who specializes in reparative therapy with homosexuals says it’s possible for those with same-sex attractions to change, despite agenda-driven ideologies that state the opposite.

Joseph Nicolosi, founder and director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, spoke with ZENIT about his experience as a clinical psychologist and the former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).

NARTH, a “scientific, non-religious and non-political” organization, recently put out an article about the little known revision of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) statement on homosexuality, which was highlighted last month in a WorldNetDaily article titled “Gay Gene Claim Suddenly Vanishes.”

Nicolosi explained that NARTH has been actively working on a research project compiling scientific data to dispute the APA’s claim on homosexuality, targeting three unscientific assumptions that form the basis of their policy.

He stated that these erroneous assumptions are: “Psychotherapy does not change homosexuality, trying to change the homosexual person will harm him, and there is no greater pathology in homosexual persons than in heterosexual persons.”

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NARTH was founded by Dr. Charles Socarides, a heterosexual man who was married 4 times and divorced three (obviously, he couldn’t maintain long-term relationships), whose own adult son Richard is openly gay.

If he couldn’t make his own son be heterosexual, where do people get the idea he could make anyone else’s son heterosexual?

Furthermore, he claimed that 35% of his patients went from homosexual to heterosexual functioning.

Would you trust any physician who had only 35% of his patients improve after he treated them?

Finally, NARTH’s definition of “cure” is the mere cessation of homosexual acts.

If a person is still yearning for intimacy, affiliation, and love (and none of these need be interpreted sexually) with someone of the same sex, is he REALLY heterosexual?

Finally, so-called reparative therapy is NOT endorsed by either the APA or APsA.

Dr. Nicolisi is acting in direct defiance of professional and ethical guidelines by claiming it is effective.

Here is what the Catholic Medical Association has to say about homosexuality:

cathmed.org/publications/homosexualityarticle.htm

Peace,
Ed

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