Could someone give me the church's view

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Could someone give me the church's view
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 5:24pm
on homosexuality. We just found out that a family member is gay. The father--a very devout Catholic--is devastated. Is there any room for compassion in our faith? I just feel sorry for everyone involved.

Thanks,

K
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 6:55pm
Homosexuality and the Teaching of the Church



Yes there is room for compassion homosexuals need acceptance as persons, but, their lifestyle and activities do not warrant our acceptance. When the media begin to show homosexual lifestyles and acts as normal and acceptable that is when the Church strongly object for the protection of society as a whole. The Church teaches that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”. (Gen 19:1-29; Lev 18:22,20:13; 1Cor 6:9; Rom 1:24-27; 1Tim 1:9-10) They are contrary to natural law. “Homosexual orientation entails no more sin than shortness or tallness. Is such an orientation a good thing in it self? No, objectively speaking, it is a deficiency, a disorder; but not a sin.”( Archbishop Pilarczyk) The many people with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect, and compassion as any other human person. To be homosexual does not cause a person to forfeit God’s love. All homosexual persons are called to live lives of chastity, as are all, who are not in a marriage relationship. The sexual act outside of marriage is always Gravely sinful. All persons regardless of their sexual orientation, who strive to live their lives according to God’s law’s and the Churches moral teachings can attain Christian perfection. I would suggest that someone read the section (2337 forward) on chasitiy in the Catechism and then suggest that he read it. I would also suggest that the parents read the US Bishops document on Parents and their their relationship to homosexual children.
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Sun, 06-29-2003 - 11:45pm
I find it a Bit Hypocritical thou. A few x, during the Homily, we Hear how "accepting" we need to be of the Divorced, troubled, homosexuals etc, but how welcoming are we when we don't see them in any particular accepted role in the Church? I don't mean to turn this into a debate, BUT it is one issue I have yet to Understand or find a Real Answer about!

Jeanne

 

 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-08-2003 - 11:49am
The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We may not accept their lifestyle, but we should accept them and show them Christ's love. Just like we would any other person who sins. There is always room for forgiveness.

Our church has a support group for homosexuals and their families. Perhaps there is one in your area.
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Fri, 03-12-2004 - 8:13am
Hello - I know this chain of messages was posted long ago, but I came upon it in a search. Hopefully some of you will still be interested in this topic. I am involved in a small faith sharing group at my church (for Stay at home Moms). We also live in a small town that is heavily populated with homosexuals and I believe it is a widely known fact (however, we are also a summertime destination for families). One of the moms in my group asked how to deal with explaining homosexuality to her preschool (I think) age son. He has seen two men or two women in public displaying affection and has asked her mom about it. Thanks for any advice that I may pass along to her.