Fr. Paul N. Check is a priest with the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut and was ordained in 1997. He holds an S.T.B. from the Gregorian University, Rome and an S.T.L. (Moral Theology) from the University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Fr. Check has served as a parish priest and high school chaplain. Bishop William E. Lori appointed him to be the Chaplain for Courage in Bridgeport in December 2002. In addition, he teaches Moral Theology to seminarians, permanent deacon candidates, and religious. Father graduated with a B.A. in History from Rice University in 1977 and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years prior to entering the seminary. In 2008, Fr. Paul Check was elected to succeed Fr. John F. Harvey as the Executive Director of Courage International, which provides pastoral support to individuals with a same-sex attraction who wish to live according to the Church’s teachings on chastity.
Gay individuals, especially those who come from a Christian upbringing, often feel conflicted about the choices they face. They desire intimacy with God and their families, but they feel as if they are being asked to deny who they are in order to achieve this. As one man said, “A lot of people in my position feel like religion presents them with a choice between death by damnation or death by desolation.”Because people should not live without love, what are those who experience homosexual attractions to do?