The Rabbinical Council of America said it will not take a position on so-called reparative therapy for gays.
In a statement released Monday, the RCA, the main umbrella group of centrist Orthodox rabbis, said it will neither “endorse nor reject any therapy or method that is intended to assist those ... struggling with same-sex attraction.” It further affirms that any therapy should be performed only by licensed practitioners.
RCA President Rabbi Schmuel Goldin told JTA that the statement did not represent a shift in the group's position.
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A controversial treatment that is supposed to “cure” gays of their same-sex feelings — which has credence in parts of the Orthodox community — took another step toward respectability this week when it received apparent approval from a group of Orthodox scientists.