Sunday, September 9, 2007

Catholic teaching on Homosexuality.

The Catholic Church teaches the following about homosexuality (From the Catechism):

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,(1 Cor 6:15-20) tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."(CDF, Persona humana 8) 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.

Sunday, September 2, 2007


I am a Roman Catholic, I have Same Sex Attractions. I believe and defend all the Church teaches. I do this by asking "why"? I am going to explore the social, political, historical, psychological, philosophical and theological dimensions of what is not so accurately termed "homosexuality". I will do this both from a theoretical and existential perspective.

What pushed me over into actually creating this blog was a scandal with a senator. It saddens and angers me at the same time. On the one hand, I know what it is like to struggle alone with this and bottle it up. Eventually stress and other negative forces can coordinate and can break one down. The reaction of the republicans and conservatives is what pissed me off the most. Instead of reaching out to him and offering help by encouraging him to get help, they distance themselves from him! Sirach 6:8 describes "friends" who desert their friends at the slightest of troubles and warns against befriending such people. I can't think of a better model of this than what happens every time a politician gets in some moral trouble.

The reaction of the republican party is only going to perpetuate scandals like this. The reason people who struggle with homosexuality don't ask for help is because they are afraid of reactions like the on the senator received. Some conservatives will say: "If he just asked for help I wouldn't care, I would support him." It is very difficult to believe this when you hear the same person espouse unnecessarily how depraved this condition is with a frightening level of disdain in their voice. This will eventually lead to a wonderful self-defense mechanism known as reaction formation. When there is a genuine drive, no doubt arising from a deep psycho-social wound, it is impossible to successfully conquer it through this defense mechanism. As many liberals gleefully point out it only intensifies the situation. It brings a person to self-hatred. Coupled with the additional anxiety provoked simply from having the confusing unwanted desires it will eventually demand some outlet. Since the appropriate outlet is not being provide and the inappropriate one is far more available guess what happens.
If those of us who truly believe homosexuality is a result of brokenness spent half the time and resources we do on stopping so-called "gay marriage" and spent it instead on helping people who struggle with same sex attraction (SSA) we wouldn't have near the mess we do.

This blog is anonymous because of the potential of scandal for those who know me in person.