Skip to comments.Regarding the recent survey of British priests, SHOULD WE SAY HOMOSEXUALS ARE "DISORDERED"?
Posted on 02/05/2004 10:24:17 PM PST by Polycarp IV
Keating has this wrong. The Vatican issued a definitive statement some 10 or 15 years ago, and they said that homosexual acts are always wrong and sinful, while a homosexual inclination itself was an intrinsic disorder. Any homosexual leanings represent an intrinsic disorder, not just the fulfillment, which is de facto mortal sin, and thus beyond being just a disorder.
This is only confusing when (like the priest of Britain) one knows nothing of original sin. Just think in terms of original sin: concupiscence, weakened will, darkened intellect, disorderd passions. This perfectly explains why people may be born with homosexual inclinations, just like some people have a greater tendency towards all sorts of other crimes like alchoholism, kleptomania, pedophilia, pyromania, etc. All of us have inclinations towards some sins.
The Catholic position is the opposite of the gay slogan "God don't make no junk." The Catholic position says that we are all born in original sin and deserving of eternal punishment. It is only through the extraordinary act of redemption that we can be saved.
``Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder. Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not''.
``As in every moral disorder, homosexual activity prevents one's own fulfillment and happiness by acting contrary to the creative wisdom of God. The Church, in rejecting erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality, does not limit but rather defends personal freedom and dignity realistically and authentically understood''.
Kearing is correct and he cited the Teaching of the Catholic Catechism. If you have a Document proving the Living Magfisterium wrong, produce it.
Chastity and homosexuality
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.
The INCLINATION IS DISORDERED.
Where is the emperical data for your assertion? I agree, it is not a choice someone makes one day...but it is not a mental disorder, either. It is a sinful style of life, and homosexual people need to be confronted with that reality. As long as it is called a "mental disorder," or something that is "genetic," there will be no reversal of lifestyle. Yes, it will take time, but the journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.
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