Given the backlash to the Catholic Twelve Steps of Courage story published in the Gazette Wednesday, it seems many people were caught by surprise.
It appear that not many people had heard of the program before the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs adopted it. Read my Gazette story on the backlash here.
The Rev. Mark Zacker, of Corpus Christi Church in Colorado Springs, is a facilitator of the controversial Twelve Steps of Courage, a 12-step program similar to that of Alcoholics Anonymous that supports homosexuals.
Here is what he told me Wednesday on the program: “It is not therapy. It is support and prayer for those who desire to live the chaste life.”
Zacker said people create their whole identity on their sexuality. But “for Christians, our everything is Jesus Christ. Jesus would be the orientation. Then everything, the other parts of our life – our personality, our sexuality — is served primarily by Christ.”
Twelve Steps of Courage
More info: call the Rev. Larry Brennan at St. Peter Church, 481-3511; or the Rev. Mark Zacker at Corpus Christi Church, 633-1457; or go to http://www.couragerc.net