In the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church gays and lesbians are "objectively disordered" and homosexual behavior is against divine and natural law. So a group of doctors in Bavaria - the home state of Pope Benedict XVI - have offered a "cure". The Union of Catholic Doctors (Bund Katholischer Ärzte) have provided information to the afflicted on their Web site.
More on the "treatment" below the fold.
The doctors are offering help for those afflicted with "homosexual tendencies" which they believe are "acquired traits" and are in no way innate ("angeboren"). The three-pronged treatment regimen is described as follows:
The therapy includes psychotherapy and homeopathic treatment, controversial in itself, that consisted of using high concentrations of substances like platinum.
The BKÄ insisted that it was only providing help for people who asked for it. "We know of many people with homosexual tendencies in spiritual and psychological distress," BKÄ boss Gero Winkelmann told news magazine Der Spiegel. "If someone is unhappy, sick, or in distress then he or she should be able to find opportunities to find help on our website."
Winkelmann runs a private homeopathic practice in Unterhaching, Bavaria, and was previously active in a small political party called the Christian League.
Homeopathy is more popular in Germany than in the US, but is very controversial. There have been numerous scientific studies that dispute the efficacy of homeopathic remedies and many medical professionals consider it dangerous.
Needless to say, gay and lesbian groups in Germany are outraged:
The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) has called the offer of advice an "insult" and an "imposition," and accused the organization in question, the Catholic Physicians in Germany (BKÄ), of "lacking respect for homosexual and bisexual people."Basically, what the doctors in the Bavaria are offering is a fake remedy for a non-existent illness.