Homosexuality: A Friendly Reminder of an Obvious Line
I don’t know if all of you have heard, but the Boy Scouts of America voted today to lift the ban that previously existed which did not allow homosexual kids and youth to join the organization. So I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at posts, and this has apparently upset a few people (that might be a gross understatement). Honestly, I’m scrolling along and thinking that the lifting of this ban was a very good thing. It should never have existed. But I noticed that one of my Catholic friends was rather upset, along with several other friends, and these people were talking how ridiculous this is and how their sons are no longer going to be in Boy Scouts and how this ban never should have been lifted, among other things. When I see stuff like that, I think it’s time for a little clarification.
First off, the Catholic Church does not hate homosexual people and nor does she teach that being homosexual is sinful. This is a very common misconception. What the Catholic Church teaches according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2357-2359, is that homosexual acts are sinful. The attraction towards a person of the same sex is not sinful in and of itself.
Now, secondly, the Church is first and foremost a mother. As Catholics, we recognize all people as children of God and we believe that all people are precious and treasured in His sight. To ostracize an entire group of people and talk about them as though they are second-class citizens is completely and utterly uncharitable and uncalled for.
Christ is our example, and He calls us to love all people. We all have different problems, failing, shortcomings. But the answer is not to tear each other apart or ban certain people because we think we have a right to do so!
So let me get back to the issue that sparked the writing of this post. There’s a very obvious line here, you guys. The Church says that homosexual acts are sinful, not that homosexuals themselves are somehow less than other people! Heck, if we said that homosexuals were terrible purely because of their inclinations, then we would have to apply that label to everyone–because we all have the inclination towards one type of sin or another.
You guys, our words are powerful, more powerful than we realize. So please, let’s be very careful about what we say. When we say something like what I saw on Facebook, we aren’t only saying it as ourselves. For so many people, we represent the Catholic Church, Christianity as a whole, and God.
Posted on May 23, 2013, in Apologetics and tagged boy scouts of america, catechism of the catholic church homosexuality, catholic church teaching on homosexuality. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.