Thursday, March 15, 2007

It is NOT OK.

Several times over the last few months, I have read and heard it said that the Catholic Church teaches that, "It is OK to be Gay." Ummmm, NOT! The Church teaches that homosexual attraction is a disorder that, if acted upon, will lead a person to acts which are gravely sinful. Wherever these attractions come from, if the person afflicted did not cultivate or encourage them, they are not morally culpable for them. But this is a far cry from saying that the same sex attraction is OK. No disorder that leads a person to sin can be termed OK.

Using the term Gay for people with homosexual attractions is itself highly problematic. There is a whole bunch of cultural and political baggage that comes with it. See a more extensive treatment of this, follow this link to the Courage site.

Sometimes this statement comes people who don't appreciate the subtlety of the Church's teaching that we can love and accept people as people loved and called by God to redemption while still condemning sin in their lives and calling them to redemption. But, sometime these statements are deliberately used to confuse, undermine, and attempt to change Church teaching.

Why don't we just say that the Church is for sinners. That we are all called by God and with His Grace to struggle and overcome our tendency to sin however it manifests itself. The very worst and most appalling thing we can do is confirm a person in their sins and encourage them to sin.

Our Lord said it much better than I ever could,

"Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were to be cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents forgive him." -- St. Luke 17: 1-3.
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