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Q. 1. Does the Catholic Church condemn homosexuals (lesbians)?Return to Table of Contents
A. 1. No. The Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuals. In fact, the teaching of the Catholic Church found in the Catechism states that:
"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." (C.C.C. # 2358)
Q. 2. Why then is my friend who lives in a homosexual relationship denied the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist? Is this not condemnation?Return to Table of Contents
A. 2. The Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuals. It condemns homosexuality.
"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, [Cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 124-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10] tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." [CDF, Persona humana 8] 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. [See C.C.C. # 2333] (C.C.C. # 2357)
In a way, the condemnation of the practice of homosexuality is no different than the condemnation of the practice of sexual promiscuity, be it in masturbation, being sexual active before marriage, living in common-law relationships, adultery, etc... "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." (C.C.C. # 2352) As such, all of those who refuse to reject their sinful nature of the flesh can be denied the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church does not specifically seek out to condemn practicing homosexuals; it condemns all those of the aforementioned list because they mock the sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage by their actions.