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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
HOMOSEXUALITY
A choice or genetic?

Q. 1. I have a question regarding homosexuality. My child claims that those who are lesbians or homosexuals, they were born that way. She supports this by quoting a part of paragraph number 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church where it states, "They do not choose their homosexual condition." How does one respond to such a comment?

A. 1. First of all, I wish to quote the paragraph from which the above quote comes from:

"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is 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 form their condition." [Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2358, 1994 First Edition]

On September 8, 1997, Pope John Paul II promulgated the Second Edition of the English Translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It includes 103 changes (corrections/amendments) to the English text. This was to ensure that it harmonized with the official Latin text that was promulgated by Pope John Paul II on the same date.

The corrected text of paragraph # 2358 states:

"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." [Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2358, 1997 Second Edition]

Please note that the above quoted revised text does not contain the words "They do not choose their homosexual condition." Those words were removed because they opposed Catholic teachings. As such, Catholic and non-Catholic who are quoting those words, they are using an old Catechism that is outdated and which contains errors. They should throw away that version of the Catechism and get a copy of the Second Edition to ensure that what they quote is in harmony with Catholic doctrines and teachings.

That is how you should respond to those who refer to the words "They do not choose their homosexual condition." as coming from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.



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