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Our readers asked:

Where is the Line Between Preaching that Homosexuality is a Sin and Preaching Hate?

Richard G. Malloy, SJ Answers:

God is love and all we believe and do must be congruent with that primordial and primary truth. So preaching “hate” is always contradictory and unacceptable. What the Church teaches and preaches is chastity, i.e., “the successful integration of sexuality within the person.” (Catechism #2237). We should know homosexuality is not a sin. There are many people who experience homosexual orientation. The reality of finding one a homosexual is not a sin. Homosexual sexual acts take place outside of sacramental marriage and cannot fulfill an openness to procreation within that act, which is a requirement for marital sexual relations.

Heterosexual sexual acts also are considered sinful by the Church when they occur outside the covenant relationship of a sacramental marriage.

Church teaching states:

“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. … They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. … Homosexual persons are called to chastity.” (Catechism #2358-2359).

So, we reach out in love to those who are homosexual while calling them and others to chastity. We do so in love and peacefully, giving people the freedom to make their own choices and the prayerfulness to continue to hold them in prayer for the long term.

 
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The Author : Richard G. Malloy, SJ
Richard G. Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for University Ministries, the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, and author of A Faith That Frees (Orbis Books).
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  • Mike

    hate the sin not the sinner, it is of Satan that they became that way therefore keep Satan and his ways out of your parents lives

  • gooder1

    In Mark 7, Jesus dismisses some dietary disciplines, then goes “on to say: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

    Unpacking this verse we see Jesus listing both sexual immorality (fornication, porneia) and adultery as sinful. Adultery is a married person having sex outside of his/her marriage, Fornication is sex of any kind outside of marriage. So the question, then boils down to what is marriage? And in Matthew 19:4 Jesus clearly defines it as follows: “the Creator ‘made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”

    So anything other than the relationship just described by Jesus, is sinful.

    • Scooby Stephen

      There are Christian institutions that will marry two men or two women
      now that gay marriage is legal in a lot of states. So your argument is
      once again ignorant and invalid.You, like many others, just want to
      insist everyone subscribe to your small-minded, bigoted, little world. You have no desire to learn the culture context of scriptures or understand the meaning behind what Jesus was saying. Sexual immorality was not defined as having sex out of wedlock.

      I wish I had a more eloquent, insightful and articulate response to
      this, but the only one that comes to mind is, grow up. Seriously, grow
      up. And get to know Jesus. Because you have no idea who he is. You may
      quote all the scriptures and Catechism you like, but you missed Christ
      completely. Get to know him and in the meantime, try to grow up.

  • Scooby Stephen

    Here we go. Homosexuality is NOT a sin, nor are homosexual acts or any sexual act providing they are between two consenting adults. Modern science has given us a great education about what is healthy and normal human behavior. The Catholic church seems to want dysfunctional and repressed people in their congregations. To keep stating the sinfulness of sexuality only shows ignorance. There are many scholars and theologians that have successfully refuted the idea that homosexuality is a sin. The bible describes acts for which homosexuality is an improper term.Lastly, Jesus said nothing, NOTHING about or against homosexuality. It is only ignorant church clergy and laity that insist on staying uneducated and marginalizing people who are God’s children and are doing nothing wrong. We are not called to celibacy. We are called to express our love. If you have a problem with that, sorry. Suppressing is only harmful.

    In closing, this question is sad but the person asking genuinely seems to want accurate, balanced and sensible information. Unfortunately, the priest gives a very ignorant response which only perpetuates the ignorance and the discrimination in our church today. I hope I made my point by using the word ignorant over and over again.

    • moxie1956 .

      gooder1, above, gave an excellent reference where Jesus, in fact, does address homo & hetero sexual sins. Anything that one really desires can be justified in one’s own eyes. I’m not sure I agree entirely with the priest’s answer but, good grief, show some respect, otherwise it’s your own ignorance that is glaring.

      • Scooby Stephen

        Jesus is not in any place labeling anything a sin here if you read the passage….
        there is no mention of sin. it’s “glaringly” apparent. furthermore i am confident and well assured of who i am in Christ and need not convince the ignorant. i think of the damage caused to the youth and even adults who read these inaccuracies.

      • moxie1956 .

        The word ‘sin’ does not have to be said or written for there to be an implicit understanding of its meaning. Mark 7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, (22) adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. (23) All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
        Therefore, ‘evil intentions’ & ‘wickedness’ certainly are equivalent to the word and meaning of sin.
        We are to be pure in Christ and homosexual practices and heterosexual practices outside of the covenant of marriage are sin, not pure; therefore not prepared to be a part of the bride of Christ.

      • Scooby Stephen

        Well, I wish I had a more eloquent, insightful and articulate response to this, but the only one that comes to mind is, grow up. Seriously, grow up. And get to know Jesus. Because you have no idea who he is. You may know scriptures, you may know Catechism, but you missed Christ completely. Get to know him and in the meantime, try to grow up.

      • Scooby Stephen

        There are Christian institutions that will marry two men or two women now that gay marriage is legal in a lot of states. So your argument is once again ignorant and invalid.You, like many others, just want to insist everyone subscribe to your small-minded, bigoted, little world.

    • Mike

      “Here we go. Homosexuality is NOT a sin, nor are homosexual acts or any
      sexual act providing they are between two consenting adults. Modern
      science has given us a great education about what is healthy and normal
      human behavior.”

      Notice to where you give the credit to in saying that homosexual behavior is normal behavior. “. Modern science” that is of man.

      This is you and the rest of man that is saying that it is now normal behavior. this is called justification for ones actions because they cannot carry the guilt nor have the understanding of the why a person became a homosexual and that because there are so many now that are not wanting to be tagged as abnormal, instead they want to be seen as normal are the masses that over whelm the others into taking it out of the DSM as it was written in there.

      along with sympathizers to help them with this disorder say it is not abnormal to be a homosexual, though they themselves do not go as far as to having lots of sex with someone else of the same sex to prove it there point to the others that they are saying this to.

      it was removed as such and just lessoned is all in the category of disorders, and labeled a disturbance, instead. so now they are disturbed people, and not disordered as they once where due to there confused view point and sexual orientation. where there are them that do practice this homosexual acts purely out of an act of lust, and not true to its disorder of now desiring one of the same sex as them, and some that where so not loved properly by their parents or care givers that they identified with the same sex, or decied that they did not want to be the same sex, this is why you see some that want to be girls when they are boys, and some want to be boys when they are girls.

      due to bad parenting and abuse of any level whatsoever that messed up there little heads that are just forming everything that the minds of the young need to form inside there minds to grow up happy healthy normal adults.

      all the personality disorders come from not really believing in Jesus and doing as he said. love and understanding is lacking in one area or another that causes them to do what they do to another that causes that other to grow up like they do.

      it is the fault of man and Satan, and not God for one to be homosexual or mentally abnormal in anyway. to the genetic malformations then it is just that, the reasons why.

      Presented with data from researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker,
      the seventh printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed
      homosexuality as a category of disorder. After a vote by the APA
      trustees in 1973, and confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, the
      diagnosis was replaced with the category of “sexual orientation
      disturbance”

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