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Scott wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Did Jesus Christ advocate for the acceptance of homosexuality?

A 2004 article in The New Wine Press, the journal of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood Order, makes arguments along this line.

The article follows.

In Jesus Christ, Our King,

Scott

  { Did Jesus Christ advocate for the acceptance of homosexuality? }


Did Jesus Christ advocate the acceptance of homosexuality?

A 2004 article in "The New Wine Press", the journal of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood order, makes this argument, cited below:

I don't think many of the people who voted for the [state of Missouri's] marriage amendment to the state constitution are mean-spirited people. *Many of them are probably very religious people who can quote the passages of scripture which seem to say that homosexuality is wrong.* They are probably people who see themselves following God's will, just like the priest and Levite in the Good Samaritan story.

Which brings us back to the moral of the Good Samaritan Story. The story makes Jesus point that the duty to love outweighs the commands of individual passages of scripture (but not scripture as a whole). We can't get around doing the hard work of discerning what is the most loving thing to do in any situation we encounter. We even have to risk becoming unclean if the law of love calls for it.

How does the law of love (not individual scripture passages) call us, as a culture and as a church, to respond to homosexuals? It seems to me that it calls us to treat gays as we would anyone else — lovingly. If we condemn a heterosexual person to a life of forced celibacy we would call that immoral, inhumane, and illegal. If we forcefully prevented a heterosexual couple from having children it would likely be called obscene and dehumanizing. If the government told heterosexuals who they could and could not marry, there would be full scale revolt. If treating heterosexual people this way would not be loving, how is it loving to treat homosexual people this way?

In Mark 7:15-16 Jesus says,

"Nothing that enters a person from outside can make that person impure (unclean); that which comes out of the person, and only that, constitutes impurity. Let everyone heed what they hear!"

In the same spirit, homosexuals cannot make us, our children, our country, our culture, our church, or our institution of marriage unclean. Only that which comes out of us, like our fear, prejudice, hatred, and insensitivity towards gays or anyone else can make us unclean.

— Rev. Garry Richmeier, C.P.P.S.,
"No Room for 'Unclean' Homosexuals";
The New Wine Press, September 25, 2003, Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 865

John replied:

Scott —

This is a classic case of eisegesis {reading into texts, ideas and meanings that are not stated} rather than exegesis. The priest that wrote this is obviously a first-class heretic!

Christ calls us to treat everyone with love and charity. That does not mean we must advocate certain behavior.

A kleptomaniac has a distorted tendency to steal things. We must love him, but we don't pass laws saying kleptomaniacs should have the right to steal.

When Jesus was confronted with the woman caught in adultery, He did not condemn her. He forgave her and told her to sin no more. The fact that He forgave her implies she did something wrong. Then, He added an admonition to avoid her previous behavior.

That is the Christ-like example we should follow. Love forgives all; it does not condone all!

Under His Mercy,

John DiMascio

Richard replied:

Hi, Scott —

Fr. Richmeier doesn't seem to be aware of the arguments in the (CDF) Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's statement on the subject:

— RC

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