[VIDEO] Love, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Catholic Church: An Interview with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Today I’m excited to interview Fr. Mike Schmitz, one of today’s most popular and effective evangelists, especially among young people. He’s the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He also serves as the chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He’s a popular speaker at Catholic conferences and you probably know him from his Ascension Presents videos or his many talks and CDs.

He just released a new book, titled Made for Love: Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church, released through Ignatius Press and the Augustine Institute.
 

 

Topics Include:

  • 1:38 – Why did you write this book? Why this subject?
  • 5:14 – How same-sex attraction can become an evangelical obstacle
  • 8:27 – Why is the question “what are you going to do now?” so important for same-sex attracted Catholics
  • 12:03 – How should we respond to accusations that the Church hates gay people or wishes they didn’t exist?
  • 17:14 – What do you say to a loved one who comes out as gay or lesbian?
  • 21:52 – How to respond when someone claims you have to accept their homosexual identity or else you don’t love them
  • 25:42 – Separating our attractions from our identity
  • 28:16 – Didn’t Pope Francis say “who am I to judge?” and didn’t Jesus say not to judge?
  • 31:07 – If you have 2-3 minutes to talk with a same-sex attracted person, what should you say?

Be sure to pick up your copy of Made for Love: Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church!

  • lpjfmeyer

    Also, I do appreciate the tips the priest gives on how to talk with people you love who have same sex attraction. I think it is very difficult not to offend someone who wants you to accept them as they are. In fact many of these people want you to acknowledge your acceptance of their lifestyle before the relationship can move forward. As Christians we try to be loving but if a person sees you as unloving because you don’t accept this lifestyle, there is really nothing we can do. I can love a gay person and not agree to their lifestyle and I hope they can love me even if I don’t accept their lifestyle.

  • lpjfmeyer

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I appreciate Fr. Schmitz’s sincerity. I am not sure if I agree with his statement that God made people with same sex sexual attraction with these tendencies. I think we all have bits of disordered attractions simply because we are fallen living in a fallen world. We must all cling to the Word of God and follow God’s way even when we have to suffer to follow it. I am not saying this to condemn anyone. I just am very uncomfortable thinking that God is the one responsible for our disordered way of living.

    • Antony Taylor

      You’re absolutely right. God doesn’t tempt by evil nor is He tempted by evil (James 1:13), so why then would we call Him the Creator of that which He deems an abomination?

      People are tempted by other things, but God is most definitely not the author of that
      temptation nor its Creator. If such was the case, then that would mean that God created murderers to want to murder, rapist with the desire to rape, etc. I believe that Father Schmitz misspoke, as there is nothing Scriptural that would substantiate such a claim. God makes the human, yes, and though that design -includes- the passions, God is not the author of that evil desire and that desire is the result of having been born with a fallen spiritual state.