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To: Louis Foxwell
"This remarkable quote “ Church expects adult leaders — whether heterosexual or with same-sex attraction — in any ministry strive to lead chaste lives.” ignores the simple truth that homosexuality is a behavior, not a condition.

Your bumper sticker criticism of Catholicism misses the mark. Sexual relations between any two persons other than a man and his wife is the sin of fornication. Homosexuals need our prayers, our compassion, and our respect for their basic human dignity. God will ultimately judge them and us for how we treat them. The treatment of homosexuals and homosexuality by the Church is the same for any sin and sinner, even you and your sins:

CCC 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, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” 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.

CCC 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.

CCC 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.

Peace be with you

9 posted on 08/21/2012 12:21:02 PM PDT by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: Natural Law; Louis Foxwell
But... this man has lived for another man for 30 years, the article says, and they have adopted two children. So, serious question: doesn't that indicate that they are committed to a quasimarriage, which would furter imply that they have a sexual relationship?

Plus, they evidently call themselves gay, not "brother" and "brother" in something like a small monastic community.

They have publicly abjured sexual relations, AND they call themselves gay, so isn't it a fair assumption that they are sexually active? And therefore not chaste?

Like I said, serious question. And not just for them, but for Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

10 posted on 08/21/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("He who does not have 3,000 years at his fingertips is living hand-to-mouth." -J Wolfgang von Goethe)
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To: Natural Law

Homosexuality and chastity are incompatible terms. To be homosexual one must first engage in homosexual activity. There is no homsexual gene, no chemical imbalance creating a homosexual predisposition. It is a form of fornication, nothing more and nothing less.


15 posted on 08/21/2012 7:18:38 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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