I have heard criticism of it because it puts a bunch of people with SSA all in the same room and that is a recipe for trouble.
I was indignant at first and was tempted to post something dripping with sarcasm. But, it’s a legitimate concern as there are people who have met through Courage and are now living together in relationships. But this is very, very, very, rare. You are more likely to die on the drive to the meeting than to hook-up at the meeting. There may be some groups were this is more common or there is more of a danger of it. But there are also priests that steal from the collection plate. We don’t judge the who entity by the worst examples.
I picked Other because even though I had heard of it, I don’t really know how successful it is. You hear such different accounts of it.
How many negative accounts are from someone who tried it for over 6 months? I can tell you it is very successful. But it’s like AA; it works if you work it. The best part about it is that it doesn’t focus on the disorder. Chastity, holiness, and your relationship with God and others are the focus. There is no pressure for reparative therapy (being straight). Naturaly since the Church teaches that the disorder is not sinful.
It must be difficult to get through to people when the whole world is telling them they’re fine and we religious nuts are the ones who are messed up!
It is hard. Between meeting we’re bombarded with that kind of stuff. And it’s hard not to believe it since it can seem like things would be so much easier if what the culture is saying were true. And that’s another thing that so good about the group. You’ve got all these other guys trying to do the same thing you are. You’re not alone in this. You see others doing it and you realize it can be done.