What do you think the Catholic Church teaches about homosexuality?

8 Things to keep in mind

  1. It goes against nature.
  2. It cannot contribute to life as a whole.
  3. It breaks down the family stability.
  4. It ultimately leads to irrational prejudice.
  5. It goes against God’s moral standard.
  6. When speaking to non-Christians, appeal to Natural Law.
  7. When speaking to Christians, appeal to Interpretive Authority.
  8. Always Listen and be respectful and loving. Meet the person where they are.

 

 

5 Practical Applications

  1. Don’t condemn them, love them!
  2. Try not to segregate. They are people caught in a morally disordered state, just like we tend to be.
  3. Be ready for opportunities to discuss the topic in a kind and loving manner.
  4. Listen! Get their perspective before you share yours.
  5. Above all, Pray for them!

 

Questions for Discussion

  1. What might a gay person say to someone who uses the Bible “alone” to make their case?
  2. What is the relationship between legal rights and moral rights in our country?
  3. Should Christian marriage counselors take same-sex couples? Should Christian schools allow kids with same-sex parents?
  4. If marriage is only about loving each other and/or getting benefits, then what other types of marriages will we be forced to accommodate in the future?
  5. Can you think of sins people have in their lives that they have convinced themselves that it is not actually a sin? How would you approach them?
  6. How has your perspective on same-sex attraction changed?
  7. Do you believe homosexuality is wrong? Why or Why not?

What is Marriage?

  1. Government Involvement
  2. Lifelong
  3. Only Two People
  4. Sexual in Nature
  5. Exclusive in Nature

“Marriage is that which unites men and women to each other, and any children they might create.”  –William May, Getting the Marriage Conversation Right, 13

More food for thought….

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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 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,141 tradition has always declared that “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.

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.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

 

Verses from Scripture:

Romans 1:26-28

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
1 Timothy 1:8-11
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 
9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 
10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 
11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
1 Corinthians 9:6-11
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 
10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 
11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.