What do you think the Catholic Church teaches about homosexuality?
8 Things to keep in mind
- It goes against nature.
- It cannot contribute to life as a whole.
- It breaks down the family stability.
- It ultimately leads to irrational prejudice.
- It goes against God’s moral standard.
- When speaking to non-Christians, appeal to Natural Law.
- When speaking to Christians, appeal to Interpretive Authority.
- Always Listen and be respectful and loving. Meet the person where they are.
5 Practical Applications
- Don’t condemn, love!
- Try not to segregate. They are people caught in a morally disordered state, just like we tend to be.
- Be ready for opportunities to discuss the topic in a kind and loving manner.
- Listen! Get their perspective before you share yours.
- Above all, Pray for them!
Questions for Discussion
- What might a person with same-sex attraction say to someone who uses the Bible “alone” to make their case?
- What is the relationship between legal rights and moral rights in our country?
- Should Christian marriage counselors take same-sex couples? Should Christian schools allow kids with same-sex parents?
- 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?
- 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?
- How has your perspective on same-sex attraction changed?
- Do you believe homosexuality is wrong? Why or Why not?
What is Marriage?
- Government Involvement
- Only Two People
- Sexual in Nature
- 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….
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.
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