"[The] truth - that God has established a unique context for the total gift of self that is reflected in sexual intimacy - is rooted in the nature of the human person, in the revealed Word of God, and in the consistent teaching of the Church," Bochanski wrote.
"That sexual relations are only morally good in the context of a permanent, faithful marriage between a man and a woman whose relations are open to having children is a teaching that cannot and will not be changed by anyone."
Bochanski cited a 2003 document approved by Pope John Paul II and written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith taught that "respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions."
Even if civil unions might be chosen by people other than same-sex couples, like siblings or committed friends, the CDF said that homosexual relationships would be "foreseen and approved by the law," and that civil unions "would obscure certain basic moral values and cause a devaluation of the institution of marriage."
Bochanski noted that Pope Francis began his remarks in the video by insisting that people who experience same-sex attractions must never be rejected or excluded by their own families, which is consistent with the Church's teaching that people who experience same-sex attraction must be "accepted with respect and sensitivity."
"You members of Courage who make so many sacrifices as you strive for chastity, prayerful fellowship, and authentic friendship are a heroic witness to the world that a person doesn't need to be in a sexual relationship in order to give and receive love that is sincere, loyal and fulfilling," Bochanski wrote.
"I know that the media chatter over the last few days has left you feeling anxious, unseen and even rejected, but nothing could be farther from the reality. The teaching of the Church on these important matters is embodied and made clear in your daily lives. The Pope's remarks about loving and protecting our brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attractions don't detract from your sacrificial, heroic witness - they depend on it!"