Friday, October 2, 2009

What does the Catholic Church teach on homosexuality?

Why is the Catholic Church so anti-homosexuality? The Church opposes gay marriage and all that. Why do Catholics hate gays so much?

There is a lot that goes into the Church’s teachings on homosexuality; but first among them is the Church does not hate people, any people, no mater what they have done or how they are inclined. The Church NEVER hates people. All of the Church’s teachings are derived from love for people; true love. Love in the sense that we will give you the truth; not just what you want to hear. Telling someone what they want to hear when it’s not true is never love; it’s appeasement.

When we say something is “right” or “wrong” we mean it brings a person closer to, or farther from, Christ. Some actions bring us closer; others push Him away. Homosexual orientation is neither right nor wrong, in the Church’s eyes, it’s the behavior that can stem from it that can bring a person away from Christ.

First, marriage exists for the creation and raising of children. The purpose of marriage is not for the married people to enjoy each other; it is to have children and protect those children. Homosexual marriage cannot be approved by the Church for the simple reason that two people of the same sex cannot naturally create children. We believe that is not God’s plan and therefore we have no authority to do so.

Second, extra-marital sex takes a person away from Christ. God created sex only to be used in the context of marriage. This means opposite sex and same sex couples having sex outside of marriage is equally sinful. This puts homosexuals in a very difficult position of not being able to be married, and therefore, not able to have sex in its correct context.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses this issue in paragraphs 2357-2359, and they are worth reading in their entirety but the gist is this: We don’t know if people are born homosexual or not. However, those who are so inclined are called to live their life chastely.  Remember it’s not the inclination that brings a person away from Christ, it’s the acts that may come that do.  All people are tempted to one thing or another; the temptation isn't sinful but giving in to temptation is.

Homosexual people are to be treated with just as much love and respect as all other people. Paragraph 2358 says it very well: “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided”.

The Church does not hate or reject anyone based on sexual orientation, age, race, color, or anything else. Our aim is for all to draw closer and closer to Christ; and we are willing to tell you the truth; regardless of how difficult that may be.

5 comments:

kevin57 said...

Question: If the Church doesn't hate homosexuals, why did the Vatican vote with Muslim nations in NOT endorsing a UN resolution to ban discrimination against gays. If the Church doesn't hate homosexuals, why did it reiterate its policy of no gay seminarians immediately in the wake of the sex abuse scandal in the U.S.? If the Church doesn't hate homosexuals, why do so many homosexuals experience hatred from the Church?

Anonymous said...

God didn't create marriage. Marriage is a social construct that varies in different societies. Also, initially it was to do with men owning women as property.

Anonymous said...

The entire article sounds so pretentious in the way they say "we are willing to tell you the truth". What is actual truth? True love, truth, its just as though we Christians know everything and we don't. Telling someone that their love isn't true love just isn't right as love is different for everyone person.

Dan said...

Thanks for your comment, Anon.

I don't think you really believe "Telling someone that their love isn't true love just isn't right as love is different for everyone person.". Some see pedophilia as an expression of love but society at large clearly tells these folks their "love isn't true love".

Similarly the Church says extra-marital sexuality isn't in anyone's best interest; so pointing this out is more loving than saying nothing and much more loving than endorsing it.

Dan

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