Question of the Day for Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Dealing with Homosexuality
Q. Is there a recommended resource — book(s) or author(s) — for dealing with the Church’s teaching on homosexuality in layman’s terms? My closest friend is wrestling with demons in her struggle toward God, and one of the strongest is the death by suicide of her close childhood friend who was a lesbian. She has grave reservations about the doctrines concerning these things, and I need to be more fluent in them to help her. It is simply not enough to say to someone carrying such grief and anger that it is “just wrong and disordered to live that way.”
J.W., via email
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
One basic resource is Persona Humana, a 1975 declaration on sexual ethics by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the context of an invaluable summary of Catholic teaching about sexuality, section 8 focuses on homosexuality. Another resource is, of course, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (see Nos. 2357-59). Here we read that same-sex attraction is “objectively disordered,” but the Church does not teach that the attraction itself is sinful. It becomes sinful when persons yield to it in sexual relations. Then it falls under the general condemnation of all sexual relations outside the bond of matrimony.
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