Q. 1. My friend is a homosexual. He detests the Catholic Church's position on the matter of homosexuality. He feels it is wrong for the Church to condemn him to a life of chastity because of his inclination. How do I deal with this matter?
A. 1. Asking someone to live a chaste life is not a punishment. Your body is God's gift to you. What you do with your body is your gift to God.
Tell your friend that the Church expects everyone who is not married to live a chaste life. This is not a personal attack on homosexuals. This requirement is expected of all the priests, the religious brothers and sisters, those who are not married, the teenagers, those who wish to remain single and those who are separated or divorce, not having obtained an annulment. Each and everyone of the aforementioned have to resist any and all daily temptations of the flesh in order to life holy lives that are pleasing to God.
All those who must live a chaste life because of their situation "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity." Following marriage breakdowns, many would love to live common-law and still receive the Sacraments. God forbids! The suffering of the homosexual is no different than the suffering of a separated parent. The Church does not discriminate against homosexuals because of their sinful nature.