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Hito Tomodachi wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Are Homosexuals considered sinners? and if so, Why?
  • What should someone who believes they are homosexual do?
  • What does The Catholic Church say to people who are born homosexual?
  • How should those who believe they are homosexual be treated?

Thank you for your time.

I greatly appreciate your answer.

Hito

  { Questions about homosexuals and how they should be treated. }

Mary Ann replied:

Hito —

Homosexuals are not considered sinners unless they sin by knowingly and willingly engage in sexual activity outside of true marriage. Homosexuality is a deep-seated disorder caused by developmental difficulties. There is no evidence, none, that homosexuals are born that way, though some men can be feminized by hormones in the womb or in the environment. Feminized characteristics are not the same as homosexuality, however, but can lead to a person to have peer difficulties that help homosexuality to develop.

Many homosexuals are made so by being groomed or molested by older homosexuals.
The homosexual should rely on God's truth and grace to live as God calls all to live, chastely and
in accord with God's plan for sexual activity, which is heterosexual union in marriage. There is a Catholic group for homosexuals, Courage, which helps in this effort. The Church teaches in the Catechism that homosexuals should be treated with human dignity. The following are quotations from the Catholic Catechism.

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, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 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.

Mary Ann

Eric replied:

Hi, Hito —

To add to my colleague's excellent answer, the Church makes no statement on whether homosexuality is genetic, in-born, voluntary, or otherwise. However, it should be noted that other disordered behaviors, such as alcoholism, have been shown to be genetic. This fact however does not justify destructive behavior.

Some people have a compulsion to steal. While their guilt may be mitigated, stealing is still wrong and they must strive to avoid it. Therefore even if it were proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that homosexuality was exclusively genetic (which is extremely unlikely, very few things are exclusively genetic), that does not prove that acting out on the inclination is moral.

Eric

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