There is a major difference when dealing with homosexual people who do follow the Church's Teaching and therefore lead chaste lives of great holiness. The Church should be welcoming to these heroic souls who fight on a daily basis to live the Virtues decreed by Christ and the prompting and Teachings of the Catholic Church.
What the Catholic Church cannot do is accept practicing homosexuals into communion when their lifestyles offend God and is against the Teachings of The Catholic Church.
Many Catholic leaders choose to quote the Catechism out of context by using this particular verse, "..They(homosexuals) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided" (CCC-2358).
Unfortunately they dont quote the verse above the one just quoted which is, "..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." ( 2357).
I was shocked to read where many Christian Pastors, lay people and other religious leaders were being encouraged to join in the Gay Mardi Gras as an acceptance of the Gay lifestyle. Some Churches are also being encouraged to apologise to homosexuals who choose to live openly with same sex partners.
Sin should never be accepted or become acceptable simply because 'lots of people are doing it.' If this is the philosophy then pornographers are acceptable, thieves are also acceptable, adulterers etc. Where does it stop?
Sin should also not be camouflaged by using words such as 'brokenness', 'woundedness or 'healing towards liberation.' Sin is sin. It is a choice it is not a feeling.
We do a great disservice when we fail to speak God's Truth in fear of being seen as judgemental or too conservative. We also do a great disservice when Christians decide on the fate of homosexual people by screaming banners which are basically hate filled.
Let God Judge the individual person and not man.
Our commission is to proclaim God's Truth through the Teachings of the Catholic Church. What we are not to do is to water this Truth down so that we can be seen as progressive or liberating.
Are you courageous enough to speak the Truth as it is, to those who need to hear it?
Written by Marie