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What vocation may a homosexual pursue?

Full Question

If marriage and the priesthood are out of the question, what should be the vocation of a chaste homosexual Catholic man who is striving to live according to the precepts of the Church?

Answer

Every human being, without exception, has the vocation to be a saint. Marriage and the priesthood are sacraments given to some people to form them into saints, for their own sake and for the sakes of those for whom they are responsible. If marriage and the priesthood are not possible, other lay vocations can help someone on the road to sainthood. For example, laymen can be lay religious, oblates, or members of a third order.










7 comments

  1. Thomas R Reply

    I feel so dumb that I hadn’t considered that. I know there’s a desire to “reach out” to same-sex-attracted persons, maybe better knowledge of oblates and third-orders and other ways of religious single life could help.

  2. seun Reply

    I don’t understand, is the Catholic church now in support of homosexuls?

    1. Eric Reply

      The Catholic faith has always supported the dignity, respect, and equality of all persons, including those with same-sex attractions, but has never supported homosexual acts, which – like fornication, adultery, and masturbation – are inherently sinful.

  3. LILY SHAW Reply

    MY HUSBAND OF 56 YEARS DIED LAST WEEK, I LOVED HIM VERY MUCH, WE WE LOVE GOD AND THE CHURCH. IS THERE A PLACE I CAN SPEND MY DAYS HELPING, WORKING PRAYING WITH PEOPLE WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY, A CONVENT. I AM 75 IN VERY GOOD HEALTH, EDUCATED . PLEASE PRAY FOR ME TO KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO. THANK YOU LILY

  4. David Wells Reply

    I am a very devout gay maronite Catholic man, who has been in a relationship with the same partner for 14 years. The Church has been my greatest support. I wish gay people would stop thinking the church has dammed you. Remember God dislikes the sin not the sinner. We are not the only sinners out there. One thing that has to be remembered and accepted is God loves us all. BUT always remember that marriage is a sacrament only for man and women for the sole purpose of procreation. Marriage is not a sacrament for gay people. I live a great life with my partner, and I’m greatly respected by my fellow church friends. If I didn’t have God in my life, I would be a very lost man

  5. Lucien Reply

    This blog is sooo dogmatic. .Obviously some of you don’t really know Jesus the Son of God and some of you have lost their hearing for the words of PopeFrancis. You guys have to know there are so many homoxesual priests out there that are damn good priests. This puritain dogmatic stand is a travesty of God’s Word.and of God;s love for men and women. Don’t give me the Old Testament rejection of homosexuals because we all know Jésus came to complete the Old Testament. So much that he never spoke a word about homosexuals. But as good Doctors of the Law, you will surely target me as an heretic. By the way I am not an homosexual, just an honest catholic that tries to live as Jesus would want me to live that is by the only two commandments that are essential: Love thy God…and love thy neighbor. The catholic church, my church cannot substitute itself to God.

    1. Eric H. Reply

      I had it put to me this way once, that the issue with calling a person Catholic while at the same time referring to them as “gay” or “homosexual” is that the labels are in direction contradiction to one another. If someone suffers from same-sex attraction, that is a vice they must contend with. But by labeling themselves as gay or homosexual it gives the outward appear that they don’t struggle against those errant emotions that wish to lead them into sin. It is tacit acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle which is incompatible with the Catholic faith. A priest should never “come out of the closet” except to share his own struggles and reinforce Catholic teaching, not to proudly exclaim that he’s an unrepentant homosexual (even if he hasn’t engaged in the act, it brings scandal to the church and risks leading the faithful astray). At the end of the day, it is the priest’s job to be Christ-like, and that means avoiding temptation as well as the appearance of temptation. In the case of a priest, it isn’t just about the salvation of his own soul, but the damage he might do to those in his care. They have a much heavier burden than those of us in the laity.

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