The Truth About Homosexuality; Part III

A True Pastoral Approach Clearly Teaches the Church’s
Position and Is Not Silent About It  . . .

by Father Michael Rodriguez

In the Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, dated October 1, 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (headed by then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI) wrote, “We encourage the Bishops to provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses. No authentic pastoral program will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homo-sexual activity is immoral. A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin. We wish to make it clear that departure from the Church’s teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral. Only what is true can  ultimately be pastoral. The neglect of the Church’s position prevents homosexual men and women from receiving the care they need and deserve.”0

The Catholic Church shows particular maternal solicitude towards homosexual persons. In other words, as a loving Mother, she cares more than anyone else about homosexuals. The above directive makes it clear that anyone who dissents from Church teaching or is silent about it, is neither loving nor showing care to homosexuals. Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. If one neglects to preach the truth, one is committing a grave disservice, even injustice, to homosexual men and women, depriving them of “the care they need and deserve.”

Only what is true can ultimately be loving. Let’s review the truth about homosexuality.

(1) Homo-sexual acts are acts of grave depravity; they are mortal sins which cry to heaven for vengeance. Under no circumstances can they be approved;

(2) Homosexuality is an objective disorder;

(3) The Church gives no definitive teaching as to the origin or cause of homosexuality;

(4) Homo-sexual persons are to be treated with respect, compassion, and sensitivity;

(5) Homosexual persons are called to chastity and growth in virtue. Aided by sacramental grace and prayer, they are to strive for Christian perfection. (Catechism #2357-#2359)

Anyone, it does not matter who, anyone (e.g. whether Catholic or non-Catholic, whether family members or support-groups, whether academic institutions or civic associations, whether government agencies or the United Nations) who does not adhere to the above “summary” of Catholic Church teaching, is a foe of homosexuals, not a friend.

The Catholic Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, teaches that the greatest evil in the world is sin, “to the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.” (Catechism #1488). Unfortunately, for those with little or no faith, it’s extremely difficult to realize and accept how terrible and destructive sin is. This however, doesn’t change the facts. Engaging in depraved and unnatural sexual acts will lead directly to the ruin of both the homosexual’s body and soul. If you love the person how can you possibly ie to them and tell them something different? Our very anatomy cries out against the lie that homosexual acts are “o.k.” Remember, only what is true can ultimately be loving.

Sin breeds sin, and the devastating consequences of personal sins spread to society, poison the world, and even stain Holy Mother Church. It’s downright shocking to find “Catholics” who are dissenting from Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality. This is an additional wound inflicted upon the Body of Christ, because now these “Catholics,” by rejecting the truth of Jesus Christ, have placed themselves outside of communion with the Church! It gets worse.

Reflect, first there are (a) individuals committing mortal sins of a homo-sexual nature; next, evil extends its tentacles to

(b) society as a whole accepting homosexuality and homo-sexual activity as “normal”; and finally, iniquity’s victory is all but sealed when

(c) laws are enacted which impose the putrid homosexual ideology on everyone, while those who, rightfully resist it, are ridiculed, attacked, and persecuted.

We are fast becoming a godless society. History does indeed repeat itself, another Sodom and Gomorrah.

Sancta Maria, Refugium peccatorum, ora pro nobis.

Fr. Michael Rodríguez is the parish priest at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church.

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9 comments to The Truth About Homosexuality; Part III

  • Cathy

    Father, thank you for the truth. Long story short…. I was gay and “practicing” for about 40 years. I was baptized Catholic and attended all Catholic schools from grade school to graduate school. I struggled with this issue but it seemed as though it was ok, as more and more people came out. It soon felt as if it were almost stylish to either be gay or “have gay friends”. It became “ok” in society, so therefore, nothing wrong with it. The Church is old fashioned. They haven’t kept up with the times. I rationalized its legitimacy. After a 12 year relationship with another woman, I was booted to the curb. She had been cheating on me all along. That was close to 2 years ago. Since that time, I have come to realize many things. First, God got me out of that relationship. He didn’t do it by making me see that homosexuality was a sin. He instead appealed to a side of me that got my attention. I noticed how “my partner” treated people. How she twisted the truth, used people, manipulated people, abused me and used me. When I was able to truly see this side of her, I knew that I had to get out. Once I was out, God began working on me. I felt compelled to go to confession, where I had not been in over 30 years. I went back to confession the next day. I spoke with a priest at the church who tweaked my thinking. He told me I wasn’t gay. That I had same sex attractions. That made a huge difference. Being gay seems to imply that you have no choice over your actions. You do because you can’t help yourself. Much like a drug addict who cannot control his/her impulses. However, same sex attractions are something I can control. I began to go to church again. I attend Bible study. I have made it a bucket list item to read the entire Bible. I realize that Jesus died for me. That God sent his ONLY son FOR us. If you have ever had to watch as parents bury a child, it is a very heart wrenching thing to watch. (My brother died from an overdose and I did get to experience it firsthand.) and to this day, they still grieve. But God did this willingly and so did Jesus. Now, if I had been in Vietnam War and one of my fellow soldiers threw his body on a grenade to save me, would I not feel a sense of responsibility to his family? Would I remember the sacrifice that he/she performed so that I may have continued life? I certainly would try to refrain from offending his/her family or children. This is how I think now. Jesus died for me. The least I can do is to not offend Him or His Father. If that means not acting on my same sex attractions, I feel that is a small price to pay. I’m not saying I’m now miraculously a heterosexual, I’m saying I don’t have to participate in sin. I have a choice, as we all do. I am willing to forego sex in the hopes of a much greater, eternal, happiness and reward. I am willing to give it up for the Man that saved my life. I have managed quite well this far, but I have received the Spirit and God has truly helped me along the way. I am keenly aware of his Presence all around me and He will give me “nods of approval” when I pay attention. He has always been there, just like the “Footprints ” poem. When there was only one set of prints, that’s when he carried me, not abandoned me. Like so many others in horrible despair, I was looking for a ladder to get out of my hole. I never saw the rope leading out of the hole until I quit looking for a ladder. I grabbed that rope and have not let go since. I pray that I never will. God has a plan for me, just as He does for everyone. We just need to be patient and let Him work His “magic”. It will come to us, just as it did for me. I have changed so drastically, that people notice. Some like the new me. Some, do not. Some feel threatened. Some openly embrace this “prodigal daughter”. For the embracing and allowing a sinner back in the fold, I say thank you. I will never experience the joy of a true marriage, blessed with children, but I know God put me here for a reason. I just can’t rush it. So, after I read Exodus, I shook my head and saw the circle that the Jewish people walked in for 40 years. God led the way and walked them in a circle for 40 years. I laughed and thought, “How misled where the Jews?” Until I realized that for the past 40 years I had been walking in that same circle.
    I first thought that I had sinned so badly that there was no hope for me. That I alone had done this and in doing so, kept myself from Heaven. And maybe I have. Maybe I have committed such horrible sins that I can’t come back. But, on the chance that I can come back and still have a shot at eternal salvation, I’m committed to doing everything in my power to achieve this. God is forgiving and merciful. I can only pray that He will forgive me and exercise mercy with me.
    I can speak for today and pray for tomorrow. Be not conformed, but rather, transformed. Thank you.

  • Bill

    Jane,

    Did it ever occur to you that a Gay person may have issues with his/her father because they are gay rather than be Gay because of the issues with their father?

  • Clem

    Neither of the sites Jane mentions are particularly credible. Most evidence indicates that gay people are born that way.

  • Agreed ! Homosexual acts are sinful as are heterosexual out side of a marriage bond. How much harder is it for a same sex atraction that can’t function according to their nature.
    The update in neuroscience has found consistently an area of the brain, of the fetus, that is evident in utero and i creates a mind-body of –“SEXUAL DIMORPHISM” and this is consistent wtih the birth of gays and lesbians and not seen in “straight” persons. These individuals will be born with a brain influences and stimuli, opposite that of their body morphology and it requires an understanding not usually given these persons. I have worked in medicine for forty years and have seen many manifested from toddler to full adults. The terrible stress of the conflict between mind and body must be terrific. I am straight so do not have this conflict. I have thought often of it since I have seen the neuroscience of this situation. I beieve that they are under the same restraints that the straight person is and they need counselling just as a anyone to cope with this no fault stress and a great understanding rather than a judgment.

  • Jan

    I am very passionate in regard to this subject…If You have done Your Homework, Homosexuality was a Mental disorder until 1973 (LOOK IT UP ) until WASHINGTON H/S had the American Psyche Law remove/ eliminate the Law, so every Liberal Dem could force feed this in to our society and Now Washington is FULL Of them, its epidemic…. but no one tells the truth. until 73 it was a disorder.. My Aunt is a Catholic Nun who taught Male nurses at the Alexon Bros. in Chicago . The Bishops haven’t done there Homework, try telling us Love Them and accept this…

  • Jane Kosco

    Homosexuals are NOT born that way. There is not a particular DNA for homosexuality. Check out the following website for all the information you need on homosexuality: http://www.narth.com

    A study was made of several pairs of identical twins, one being a homosexual, the other not. If homosexuality is something one is born with, then both identical twins should be homosexual.

    Environment, sexual abuse, poor body image, and mostly one’s relationship with one’s FATHER is what often causes homosexuality which is a psychological disorder and can be treated. Many homosexuals are healed and lead normal lives as husbands and fathers. Check out http://www.exodusinternational.com also. Oftentimes, if a father is stern, distant, cold, uninterested, harsh, disapproving, silent…this can cause the highly sensitive young boy to look for a loving father substitute and often this relationship becomes erotic and leads to a life of homosexuality. Dr. Nicolosi, who is a leader in the field and whose website is the one listed above (www.narth.com) has said that he never met a homosexual who did NOT have serious issues with his/her FATHER. By the way, NARTH stands for National Association of Reparative Therapy for Homosexuals. Thank you and God bless you, Mr. Desjardins. I hope you will look into the sites mentioned.

  • Joel Desjardins

    I must respectfully disagree with numbers 1 and 2 in regards to your “truths about homosexuality”. A homosexual person is born that way. No one asks to be homosexual – you either are or are not.

  • Eugene Kelly

    Great work, Fr. Rodriquez. You have spoken the truth in unconditional love that souls might be saved, that persons and lives might be transformed in the image of Christ, that our God might be served more constantly and righteously, that our God might be glorified, praised, blessed, loved and honored more faithfully and wonderfully. To proclaim God’s Truth is to give Him glory. To proclaim God’s Way is to shine a light for us all. To proclaim God’s Life is to rejoice in His creation.
    It is clear that the Church has and is being attacked on multiple fronts simultaneously on the issues of the sanctity of marriage and abortion. A concerted effort of speaking the truth in love to address these attacks must be consistently responded to by daily prayers by individuals, daily petitions in Masses, frequent Catechizing education in homilies, support by Catholic universities by hiring faculty who are supportive of Catholic dogma, by teaching classes that support the Church’s teachings instead of tearing at the very fabric of the Church and by openly be Catholic in all things instead of openly giving a place to positions that clearly support the destruction of Church teachings. Giving a place to sinful ideas and policies in Catholic universities are clearly giving a place to the evil one in places that should be incompatible with evil in all things. Tolerance is not a virtue when applied to sinful behavior and teachings. Tolerance of sinful practices clearly shows a misunderstanding of the spiritual effects of sin and its erosion of spiritual authority. Tolerance for the sake of tolerance, diversity for the sake of diversity, choice for the sake of having choice, convenience for the sake of convenience is misguided and ultimately an invitation to the demonic. The misapplication of words that in most contexts are good is a deception of the evil one when they are applied ad hoc to sinful behavior. Freedom of expression of sinful behavior is freely opening up oneself to demonic attack, torment and captivity to sin, bondage to sin. Once a bondage is established with the enemy it must be broken because most people today are not being trained in how to pray deliverance prayer, i.e. prayer of renounciation and rejection of sinful behavior and the evil one, prayers casting out demonic spirits, prayers to refill oneself with the Holy Spirit and petitioning God the Father for a blessing all in the name of Jesus. Active spiritual warfare on a daily basis is necessary in today’s society to protect oneself from demonic attack, to protect their possessions from demonic attack and to protect their loved ones from demonic attack. The evil one is aggressively targeting all Catholics and all Catholic institutions. To think otherwise and to sit idly by is to invite destruction. Jesus died to give us spiritual authority. To use the spiritual authority given believers in Jesus Christ we must be fully in the Kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus Christ, fully engaged in the defense of the Church and our loved ones and not sitting on the fringes of the Church toying with sin and wondering how we can integrate sinful practices into the Church by holding conferences on acceptance and tolerance of sin. There is no compromise on sin. Tolerance of sin is tolerance of evil. God and evil are incompatible. Either you are with God or you are against Him. There is no middle ground, no acceptance of the new norms of society without committing sin and offending God. We love the sinner unconditionally and bring them to Jesus Christ’s love that is in us, but we then show them the error of their ways and how their eternal happiness is at stake if they continue to commit sin. Because a sin is common in secular society does not mean that it is inherently good. If sacred Scripture and Church teaching ate opposed to a sinful behavior it does not matter that recently updated norms of society support the behavior; it is still a sin in the eyes of God, it is still a sin in the eyes of the evil one and as a result the door is open to the evil one and terrible, adverse spiritual consequences and erosion of spiritual authority will inevitably follow. These consequences are real and are ultimately devastating to one’s personal life and to society at large as evident by the decline in morals and acceptance of sin we see everywhere around us today. The media is not the final decision maker on if a behavior is sinful or not, whether a behavior is destructive to us in the spiritual realm. God has decided this already for us and if we want goodness and abundance to flow in our lives, if we want peace and joy in our lives, then we are obliged to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
    Nowhere did Jesus say that if we have one more conference on the pros/cons of sinful behavior that this will effect a change in the spiritual realm and because society now accepts the sinful behavior that as a consequence the evil spirits associated with the sinful behavior are now null and void. It doesn’t work that way. God’s mercy and grace flow to repentant sinners not to obstinate prideful sinners. Repentance of sin and obedience to God the Father are what Jesus teaches because that is the only thing that will cleanse the soul and transform us into true followers of His Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  • terrig

    As always Father Rodriguez, outstanding. You and all priests are in my prayers. I also pray for all those that have homosexual children and embrace their lifestyle instead of telling them the truth. I pray that my grandchildren will not become homosexuals. I do think the media has played a big part in normalizing and glamourizing this lifestyle, just like they are now with changing your gender. And then we wonder why we have long droughts, floods, etc. Lord, have mercy on us.

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