Now, it’s Christians being hounded by a liberal elite in power in government and society who are demanding, ironically, that Christians should be harassed, punished, fired or lose their businesses because they’re different and don’t conform.
It sounds on its face magnanimous. I took a great deal of offense at the statement,in particular where the author uses the word ‘different.’ When people use the word different, it can mean, not the same as others or other things or it can have connotations of someone or something being ‘strange’.Maybe i’m just too sensitive and reading more into it than intended.✳️
What we’re talking about here is the Christian baker in Colorado targeted for refusing to bake a ‘wedding’ cake for 2 same sex persons The case went all the way to the Supreme Court .The court concluded that the commission violated Phillips‘ religious rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.”
The author writes :
“The gay rights movement originally was an effort for us to be left alone and to not be punished for who we are. We simply wanted to be able to live our lives without fear of arrest, or our businesses raided or destroyed, because of who we were.”
In some countries-such as the Muslim countries of the Middle East-you can be killed JUST for BEING homosexual.
Here,In the United States, sodomy (usually defined as oral and anal sex) was a crime in many states, even when the acts were performed in private, between two consenting adults.In the 1960s, many states began decriminalizing all consensual, private sex acts between adults (including sodomy), and included those engaging in homosexual sex. Around the same time, some states enacted laws prohibiting sodomy between people of the same sex (such as the Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court), while other states retained laws that criminalized sodomy between any two people, no matter their gender. In 1986, the US Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s sodomy law, which criminalized oral and anal sex between people of the same or different sex, on the basis that homosexuals had no constitutional right to engage in sodomy. (Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986).)
As a Catholic I know the following:
Marriage is between one man,one woman for life.There is only one way to go around what marriage is;REDEFINE it and once you do, it has no meaning at all.
The purpose of marriage is unitive and procreative. In simple terms that means the union of male and female and having children.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states
“homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 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.
Now the Church has a sex abuse scandal and here’s what they found:
August 17, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – A LifeSiteNews analysis of the scathing Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report reveals that the vast majority of reported sexual predator priests were homosexuals, most of whom preyed on teenage boys.
Nearly three-quarters of the offending priests were homosexual, while only about a quarter were heterosexual.
Fewer than than 3% of their victims were adults, and of those, most were young seminarians.
The numbers strongly suggest that the sexual abuse crisis within the U.S. Catholic Church stems from homosexuality, not pedophilia.
It is largely
” a product of a very sick Gay Mafia in the Church that overlooks the homosexual pederasty of the Cardinal McCarricks.”
What can a person faced with homosexual tendencies do then:
I would say do not define yourself by this one term.You’re not gay-you’re a person.
If you’re Christian you’re called to chastity. Search out disinterested friendships.
I would be realistic & honest with yourself about the lifestyle of the openly gay. Since homosexual relationships and chastity don’t mix I don’t see how monogamy would be high on the list of the ideal.
Male and female are complimentary;same sex by its nature is not. The very term same sex makes that clear.I would surmise that the main goal of a homosexual encounter is self gratification.It’s neither unitive or procreative;the only achievable goal is self gratification.
It’s called the pursuit of pleasure for a reason. When you seek pleasure for pleasure’s sake it’s never fully satisfied.
The Catechism instructs us how people with same sex attraction are to be treated.It states
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.
Another words,i should treat them with respect and appreciate the struggle they are going through.I should pray for them and give them support in their Christian journey. Any lifestyle contrary to the life ALL of us are called to is destructive. I probably broke every commandment except that one(same sex).I destroyed enough relationships to know where we can end up going, if we’re not on guard and living a prayerful life. Father Z recommends confession. He’s right.We get to start over and mend fences.Confession is our story of the Prodigal Son/Daughter.
I always get the argument same sex ‘marriage’ is not affecting my marriage personally,so why care? True, it’s not. Our marriage doesn’t rise and fall on how many same sex ‘marriages’ take place. It does affect the institution of marriage itself though.If the next question is how,just look around.
As a side note i want to say that i respect Pope Francis because he is our Pope.
He’s one in a long line of many,past and future(depending on when this world ends, of course).
IMHO i think the teachings of the Church were clearer under Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI.Doctrines remain unchanged.Popes cannot change doctrine,no matter how much the media speculates(they’re clueless) every time the Church elects a new Pope.I think it’s obvious that some teach with more clarity than others.Pope Francis has occasionally muddied the waters or at least the media ran with an off the cuff remark he’s made. It’s usually one he’s left wide open to misinterpretation & that they do well.
Pray for our Holy Father,our bishops,cardinals,the victims,their families,our priests. Much needed.Pray for our beautiful Catholic Church.Pray for all the FAITHFUL priests,present and future.
✳️ the author is a well known person who is openly lesbian. I was blocked from her Twitter account. I like the woman(it’s nothing personal).She’s very bright & often makes great points but i doubt we are ever going to see eye to eye on ‘gay’ rights.