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How can I defend the Church’s teaching on homosexuality?

Full Question

How can I explain the Church’s teaching on homosexuality to my friend in a way that won’t make her hate the Church? She thinks it’s an issue of the Church being judgmental and exclusionary and that it is wrong to condemn homosexuals to a life of involuntary celibacy.

Answer

Persons who suffer from homosexuality are called to chastity—as are we all. The Church recognizes that homosexuality is a disorder (see CCC 2357) and, while the desires are not in themselves sinful, acting out on them is clearly offensive to God (see Rom 1:26-27, 1 Cor 6:9-10). It is appropriate to judge homosexual acts as wrong. But far from being “exclusionary," the Church teaches that persons suffering from homosexuality “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition" (CCC 2358).









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  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Homosexuality is not a disorder and consensual sex for non-procreative purposes is fine. How do we know this? Science, reason and evidence. Why do you hold your beliefs regarding these matters? Ancient unsupported dogma. The world will be a better place when the latter is marginalized.

  2. Ed Lim Reply

    @Tom Rafferty: Your opinion dwells on the unnatural desire of the flesh. The theology concerning the will of God points out that homosexual activity is sinful based on the Bible and the teaching of the Catholic Church. If you believe in homosexual activity and same sex-marriage it is your own personal business. The Catholic Church on the other hand is correct in her teaching because man and woman are sexually complimentary. They have natural opposite sexual anatomy. The crux of the matter, however, is the threat of hell.

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      “- – – the unnatural desire of the flesh" How do you determine the difference between this and “natural" desires?

      “- – – sinful based on the Bible and the teaching of the Catholic Church" How do you know that the Bible and the teaching of the Catholic Church have legitimate authority?

      “The Catholic Church on the other hand is correct in her teaching because man and woman are sexually complimentary." This is false, as science clearly shows that sex and gender are on continuums and are not binary.

      Bottom line: The Catholic Church teaches from unsupported dogma, whereas, science accepts reality based on evidence. I will take door number two, Monty.

  3. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “The Church recognizes that homosexuality is a disorder"

    As is living virginal, celibate lives dressed in robes… I wonder how many are gay… It must be awkward going to Confession and confessing to one of your lovers! Or hearing a confession from one of them. LOL.

    No, it is the RCC’s manic obsession with all things sexual that is the real disorder. The answer, dear Questioner, is that you cannot defend the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. The Church is wrong as any decent, civilized, humane person understands.

    Jesus, said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged,’ but the author insists “It is appropriate to judge homosexual acts as wrong."

    So tired of the hypocrisy.

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