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Heather Kunert wrote:

Hi guys,

I just wondered if I could get a straight answer on the Catholic Church's view of being gay.

My significant other's sister is a devout Catholic who doesn't believe in birth control. She also goes to her priest for everything. Ever since Tammy came out to her, she has banned us from being around her and her children.

I just want an official answer as to where the Catholic faith stands on being gay.

Thanks,

Heather

  { What is the official Catholic view on being gay? }

Eric replied:

Hi Heather,

Following the Sacred Scriptures the Catholic Church believes that homosexual acts — gay sex, in other words — are gravely sinful, and if deliberately done knowing this, separate you from God and imperil your soul.

Homosexual inclinations are not, in and of themselves, sinful, but they are intrinsically disordered. The attitude the Church takes to gays can be summed up by love the sinner, hate the sin. Gays deserve compassion and understanding but homosexual acts cannot be tolerated.

The Catholic Church takes no official position on whether parents should shun gay relatives but
it is consistent with good parenting to protect your children from being exposed to immoral situations, lest they get the impression that the gay lifestyle (or whatever the situation is) is OK.

You are living a life fundamentally contrary to the Catholic faith, and she simply sees the two of you as a bad example to her children. A relevant paragraph from the Catholic Catechism (teaching guide), number 2358, under Chastity and homosexuality is:

"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."

For further reading you may consult:

  • On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons [The Vatican][EWTN]
    by the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith

  • Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics [The Vatican][EWTN]
    by the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith

  • Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons [The Vatican][EWTN]
    by the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith

Eric

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