Traditional Catholic Position on Same Sex Attraction

We traditional catholics believe in the 1980 year old catholic teachings, the Bible and the saints writings on all moral matters including sexual morals.  We do not believe that what was wrong before is now alright because society demands we believe so.  No matter how much society says that abortion is a woman’s right, we will never believe that we have evolved to see the killing of the un-born baby as something good.  It will always be bloody murder. 5th commandment; Thou Shalt not Kill.

Apocalyptical Christ_CIMABUEThe same is with same sex attraction.  Any sexual activity, outside of a blessed marriage between a man and a woman to procreate, is sinful period.  You can find out what the catholic churches teaches on same sex attraction in “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” which states it under the sixth commandment, You shall not commit adultery.

Under 2333 it states: “Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.  Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life…..”.

Under 2357 it states: “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.”

Under 2358 it states: “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.”

Under 2359 it states: “Homosexual persons are called to a life of chastity.”

Jesus clearly states that “But he said that the which come out from a man, the defile a man.  for from within, out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Mark 7:20-21

Adoration_holy cardThe Old Testament in Genesis 19 tells of the destruction by God of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexual sin.  In Leviticus 20:13 “If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed abomination.”

In the New Testament letters you can read Romans 1:26-27, 1Corinthians 6:9, and 1Timothy 1:10.

“As Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities, in like manner, have given themselves to fornication and going after other flesh, were made an example , suffering the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 1:7

Under Pope Benedict the Congregation for Catholic Education issued:

Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.”

In this instruction it states: “In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called “gay culture”.”

To understand the statement of Pope Francis made on his flight back from World Youth Day, we need to look at the context.

Santo Padre 1On June 6th 2013, Pope Francis stated to leaders of the Latin American religious; “In the curia there is talk of a “gay lobby. And it is true, it’s there.  Let’s see what we can do.”

The question asked by the media was in the context of an appointment of Msgr. Ricca as “prelate” of the Institute for Works of Religion.  Recently the Italian press (L’Espresso) had written about  Msgr. Ricca’s supposed homosexual activity when he was working at the papal nunciature in Uruguay in 1999.  Now if this is what Pope Francis is talking about, we can understand a little better the context in which the answers were given. It is also said that the pope did not know of these allegations before he appointed Msgr. Ricca.  Here we have more information from Fox

“While stressing Catholic social teaching that calls for homosexuals to be treated with dignity and not marginalized, Francis said it was something else entirely to conspire to use private information for blackmail or to exert pressure.

Francis was responding to reports that a trusted aide was involved in an alleged gay tryst a decade ago. He said he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up. But he took journalists to task for reporting on the matter, saying the allegations concerned matters of sin, not crimes like sexually abusing children.

And when someone sins and confesses, he said, God not only forgives but forgets.

“We don’t have the right to not forget,” he said   Read more:

The pope went on to say “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to Judge?

Another interesting quote from the pope. “The problem is not having (homosexual) orientation. We must be brothers.  The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies.  This is a worse problems.”

We traditional catholic love and respect people with same sex attraction who are trying to live a holy celibate life.  But we do not in any way condone any sexual activity outside marriage.

Listening to a video on “The Telegraph Newspaper” the commentator said that the pope’s statement about accepting gay priest is a great step to having the church “look good” again after all the sex abuse scandals.  What he did not mention was that most of the billions of dollars lost, lives destroyed and the church of Christ dragged through the mire, were cases of priests having relations with under age male teenagers.  In other words homosexual sex abuse.  There were horrible cases of child abuse too.  But the majority of the cases were with young men under 18.  Doesn’t that say something about gay priest?

May we have love and compassion for all sinners and help them to come to confession and begin a new life.  Yes, those who have confessed and are trying their hardest to live a holy life, should not be subjected to a constant reminder or threat over their past life.  Many saints were sinners before they converted.  Look at St. Mary Madelene or St. Augustine.

Many people believe that the church’s teaching on homosexuality can change because that is what they perceive in the church, constant changes since Vatican II.  An evolution of morality and doctrine.  No, Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever and so are His teachings.  We are so fortunate to have our Savior Jesus show us the way to happiness and heaven through the road of holiness and the cross.  We reject the devil’s lies.