happyfeetsmom asked: Are you a christian ? What do you think of the homosexual life style ?
I am a Christian! I am a Catholic Christian and I follow the Catholic Church and all her teachings.
The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is this.
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.
People like to make out that the Catholic Church “HATEZ DA GAYZ” and “OMG LOOK AT DAT JUDGEMENT.” They like to paint Pope Francis as some radical, liberal hippie because he’s dared to say, “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord, who am I to judge?” But really, if you look through those sections of the Catechism above, he was simply stating what the Church teaches. Note: Church teaching EXPLICITLY SAYS that discrimination of gays is wrong.
Now, when Pope Francis said, “…and seeks the Lord,” he wasn’t saying, “If he loves Jesus and is basically a good guy…” Saying you love the Lord and then turning around and living an immoral lifestyle isn’t seeking the Lord. It’s what we Catholics call cafeteria Christianity - you pick and choose what parts of the Christian life you want to follow. And that just doesn’t work. What he was saying was that if he seeks the Lord by living a holy and chaste lifestyle (in ALL aspects of his life, not just in the area of his sexuality), nobody has any right to pass unjust condemnation on him or his behavior. (Remember, we are ALL to seek the Lord by living holy and chaste lifestyles.) Rather, “If a person is gay and works to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition [of homosexuality].”
Another misconception a lot of people have about Catholic teaching on homosexuality is that we think that “Gays are all bad and are condemned to hell because they’re gay!” That isn’t true either. Here’s how I explain which part of homosexuality is bad.
Suppose a friend of yours loses her temper a lot. And when she does, it ain’t pretty. Do you think that your friend herself is bad just because she has a tendency to lose her temper? I’d hope not. Do you think the fact that she has a fiery temper is bad? I wouldn’t think so. The only thing that you would think is not okay is when she gets angry over something that she shouldn’t be angry about or when she lets her temper get out of control.
Catholic teaching is the same for homosexuality. I can promise you on my eternal soul that you will never meet a practicing Catholic who truly understands Church teaching that believes that homosexual persons are bad or that homosexuality in and of itself is bad (even homosexual tendencies aren’t seen as bad unless acted upon). Homosexual acts are bad and something to be condemned, just as all sins are, but we are never to hate or condemn homosexuals. Ever.
Homosexuals have been given a different “cross to bear” (which is Catholic-speak for something you constantly struggle with). We all have our crosses to bear; some are temporary and others are things we struggle with our entire life. Some people are very impatient. Others get angry easily. Others experience extreme suffering, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual.
We are never supposed to bash each other because of what we struggle with, but rather are supposed to encourage each other to keep persevering in virtue and to help each other up when we fall (sin).
I hope this answered your question! I have a friend here on Tumblr who is a homosexual Catholic living a chaste lifestyle; I’m sure he’d be fine if you drop him a line! (I say that because he has first-hand experience with BEING a practicing Catholic who is also homosexual; I do not.)
'Pro-LIfers are just men trying to control women'
I hear this allegation thrown around frequently. However I’ve never seen the truth in it. Our pro-life group at school is comprised of 40 girls and 2 boys, that’s a mere 4.7% being male and when I go on the March for Life the representation is predominately female.
Maybe it’s just more convenient to blame men as opposed to just facing the truth that there indeed are women who recognize that there is innate value in life.
Proud female attendant of the March here! :D