History of the Catholic Church and homosexuality. Courage also has a ministry geared towards the relatives and friends of gay people called Encourage. In various countries, members of the Catholic Church have intervened on occasions both to both support efforts to decriminalize homosexuality, and also to ensure it remains an offence under criminal law. At the world meeting of the families this is a gathering of people to whom everyone is welcome. Letters reveal nurses' fury at Varadkar over annual leave comments.
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Catholic Church and homosexuality
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