"Homophilia" does exist. The term was invented to describe patients who found themselves far more turned on by members of their own sex; Even though they were trying to be heterosexual, they just couldn't find members of their own sex attractive.
Homosexuality is a behavior. It was conflated with homophilia by the MSM so as to confuse terms; it is much easier to denounce homsexuality than homophilia. The Catholic church, for instance, finds homosexuality to be emphatically and categorically denounced in the bible, but has significantly more difficulties on the issue as to whether homophiles should be excluded from the priesthood. (Rome has said they should be, but has failed to discipline anyone from the American Church which nearly unanimously permits homophiles into the priesthood. Rome opposes the ordination of homophiles because it finds that the tremendous sacrifice of priestly celibacy (which is fantastically greater of a burden than simple abstinence) requires sexually and emotionally healthy persons.
posted on 12/13/2004 10:50:39 AM PST
Ah, so I see that you've answered the question which I posed in Post #69 (no pun intended). I have to give your response a little more thought but I think I agree with you - homosexuality is a behavior and therefore a homosexual (if we want to use that word) is one who has sex with a member of their own gender. A homosexual (or sodomite) is not someone who is simply attracted to others of their gender - it is someone who is acting on those impulses.
By the way, it's not just the Catholic church that thinks homosexuality is denounced in scripture - anyone reading the Bible can plainly see that it is vehemently denounced. As far celibacy goes, this is not something that is mandated for priest in scripture at all. As a matter of fact, the Jewish priests were required to be married. Sexual desires were not something to be suppressed - they were just supposed to be channeled into the natural and healthy and prescribed outlet. Celibacy is just an idea Rome got that has nothing to do with the Bible.
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