[PLUG-TALK] Catechism Catholic church on homosexuality...
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Fri Jan 2 20:36:12 PST 2009
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 throughout the
centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains
largely unexplained. Basing itself on sacred Scripture, which present
homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity [Gen. 19:1-29, Rom. 1:24-27,
1 Cor. 6:10, 1Tim. 1:10], tradition has always declared that homosexual
acts are intrinsically disordered [Persona Humana 8]. 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. They do not choose their homosexual
condition; for most of them it is 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.
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