By Michael O'Loughlin
Originally published on Advocate.com May 13 2014 5:00 AM ET
A new film from a Catholic production company depicts LGBT people as sad, regretful individuals who are unable to find happiness or fulfillment until they swear off sexual activity and commit themselves to chastity and the Roman Catholic Church.
The Third Way, a 38-minute video from Blackstone Films, whose mission is “to honor and glorify God,” shows interviews with several individuals who talk about their days as openly LGBT people, all with regret and sorrow.
The film suggests that reasons for homosexuality include sexual abuse, distant parents, and a lack of confidence during formative years.
The participants then recount how they discovered happiness after connecting with the Catholic Church and living out its teaching on homosexuality. The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is natural, but calls on individuals who are attracted to the others of the same gender to abstain from sexual acts.
Conservative Catholic writers have praised the film.
The belief that abuse, sexual or emotional, leads to a homosexual orientation is discredited by psychologists, but fringe groups perpetuate the notion.
Many who advocate for “reparative therapy” believe that by confronting traumatic events, individuals can change their sexual orientation. The practice is condemned by the American Psychological Association. The Catholic Church officially has no stance on the therapy, though some conservative Catholics continue to write that the practice is acceptable.
Watch the video below.
The Third Way from Blackstone Films on Vimeo.
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