Jan 16, 2009

On homosexual tendencies

Last week, a man smashed a bottle on a gay persons head at a bar in Georgetown.  Recently, I heard kids tease each other as "you homo".  Perhaps, it will help to articulate the Church's teaching on the matter so that we can teach our children by word and example how the Lord Jesus would treat these people.

In fact, Jesus might have enlisted the assistance of a homosexual for his last supper. In Mark 14: 13, Jesus asked his followers to meet & follow "...a man carrying a jar of water..." Back then, women carried the jars of water, so this guy might have been gay or an Essene monk. 

Regardless, the Church today teaches that homosexuals "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity." Here's the official text from the Vatican:http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm
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.

For clarity, I am not a proponent of same sex marriage nor do I tacitly condone sinful unions nor support anyones right for a same sex union.   And I am straight.

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