View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Gay Pride Parade

It was Gay Pride Parade time here in Rochester.

It is sad that elements in our society celebrate a disorder.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, (141) tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."(142) They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They 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.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

I thinks that some folks err when it comes to 2358, forgetting the compassion and sensitivity parts. We must love the homosexual person even as we declare homosexual acts to be sinful.

How to deal with the issue, and be sensitive, is something that many of us struggle with.


Blogger Queers United said...

Being gay is not a disorder. God made gay people and gay animals, its 100% natural. It is homophobia and misinterpretation of scripture that is disordered. The American Psychological Association and American Medical Association clearly state homosexuality is not a choice and not a mental disorder but just a natural part of human diversity.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

This is a Catholic blog. I stated the Church's teachings.

I didn't say anything about choice, though certainly one can choose to act on or not act on the disordered condition.

As for the psychiatric groups, they have been very wrong on a number of other issues in the past, and are certainly not reliable judges on ones involving moral decisions.

7:37 PM  

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