Homosexuality

What the Catholic Church Teaches

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Catholics, protestants, and even non-christians are often accused of hating homosexuals because we do not accept their beliefs.  It seems that anyone who disagrees with the homosexual movement or so called "gay marriage" is deemed hateful, judgemental, or homophobic.  Sadly, all one has to do is to turn on the TV to see how much homosexuality is accepted and glorified by the media.  The media is trying desperately to get the world to accept homosexuality.  The media never shows the true realities of homosexuality instead they glorify it in an effect to make it seem like a moral and healthy lifestyle.

The Catholic Church teaches that we should love everyone regardless of their sins. Homosexual persons are welcome to be members of the Catholic Church and to receive Holy Communion and the other sacraments as long as they are in a state of grace and are not practicing the homosexual lifestyle.   People who struggle with same sex attraction are called to live chaste lives.  Same sex attraction is their cross to bear and they must bear it.  Like the rest of us, homosexuals will struggle with sin, but they must endure and strive to be holy.  The Catholic Church teaches that all people including those struggling with same sex attraction should be treated with dignity and love.  As Catholics, we should always love homosexuals but we must never confirm them in their sins by telling them that the acts of homosexuality are not sinful when in fact they are.

In the end God has spoken to us (through his Word and Church) and has taught us that homosexuality is a sin that can lead a person to hell.  The Catholic Church teaches that a person who has a same sex attraction can get to heaven, but to do so they must live a chaste and holy life and avoid sin just like the rest of us.  The feelings of same sex attraction by themselves are not sinful.  These feelings only become sinful when they are acted upon.  Lately there seems to be a lot of debate on whether homosexuality is genetic or is a learned or social behavior.  In the end it really does not matter; if one struggles with the attraction they must not act on their feelings.  

Homosexual acts are condemned by God as the Bible and the Church teaches. The Catholic Church does not and will never accept homosexual relationships as being from God.  

 

Here are a few scripture verses:

“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man (Adam), and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman,because she was taken out of Man."Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.
(Gen 1:20-25) God created Adam and Eve in His Image and gave them the ability to create life.  Creating life is not possible in homosexuality.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. (Rom. 1:26-27)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9-10)

“understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,”  (1Tim. 1:9-10)

“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them" (Lev. 18:22, 20:13).

“Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21) 
Homosexuality 

 

 

Question:  Are homosexual feelings sinful.

Answer:  Unless acted upon, feelings are not sinful.

Question:  Can Homosexuals receive Holy Communion?

Answer:  Yes, if they are living a Holy Chaste Life and are not in a state of Mortal Sin they can receive Holy Communion like anyone else. 

Question:  We sometimes observe homosexual behavior in animals.  Doesn't this prove that these acts are normal in the biological world and should be considered normal by our society?

Answer:  No!  We are made in the image and likeness of God and while we have biological  similarities with animals we are not the same.  Humans have the ability to reason and to use good judgment and the ability to know right from wrong.  Beside, there are many animal behaviors that we would never mimic and call normal.  For example, many animals eat their young!

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