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June 21st, 2012
Is being gay a sin?

Of course not! Both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the U.S. Catholic Bishops recognize that sexual orientation is not a choice and is not sinful: “Generally, homosexual orientation is experienced as a given, not as something freely chosen. By itself, therefore, a homosexual orientation cannot be considered sinful, for morality presumes the freedom to choose” (“Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers,” U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1997).

Being gay is not sinful. It is another part of the great mystery of humankind, created in the image of God. But the Church teaches that sexual relations are reserved for the sacramental union of a man and a woman in marriage, where that intimacy has twin purposes: their union, as a couple, and procreation, expressed as openness to the gift of life. Sexual relations between men or between women cannot fulfill both purposes of sexual intimacy. Thus the Church calls gays and lesbians to celibate chastity. Likewise, the Church calls for respect, compassion and sensitivity to gays and lesbians: “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2358). Gay or straight, every single one of us has the same call: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

from Neela Kale and the Busted Halo Question Box


Today’s homework assignment: Think of groups of people you see discriminated against. What are ways you can live out the call to "love one another as I have loved you"? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

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  • Graham G

    All religious organisations are run by bigoted self serving, child abusing, controlling cretins. Until they can openly and happily give all gods people complete equality, whatever their gender, race, colour, culture or sexual orientation, they will continue to decline. The sooner they realise this the better! Why are they all so idiotic? Because their attitude is to control by instilling fear of the unknown!

  • Berty Popperdopper

    Wow this is a truly terrible and perverted online rag. Busted halo? really? a broken halo……why do you jews think people are dumb enough to follow your lies?

  • http://twitter.com/RadicalMary Radical Mary


    First of all the comparison between sexuality and disability is a tricky one. Kind of ableist as well.

    Not everyone who has a disability wants to be ‘cured’ of it, nor should they. The idea that everyone who has a disability needs to change to suit the needs of ‘normal’ society can be pretty insulting. Same for sexuality. The natural extension of this logic is…why should we have accessibility in our church, people should be normal! It’s just not right to have a disability!

    Kind of rude right?

    Worst of all…there was a time when having a disability WAS seen as being a sin.

    We have been given a million and one ways to grow in union with Christ…why limit the ways of expressing the desire for that union?

    I don’t see my sexuality as a cross. Neither do I see my disability a normal result of trauma as being one. The cross I bear is found in dealing with people’s reactions to it.

    • Grandpapa Tyler RJ Lorge I


  • Terri H

    It’s not a sin to be gay. We are all born with some cross to bear…….whether it’s being born with some birth defect, mental illness, blindness, etc . Being gay is no different-same thing. What the Catholic Church is saying is that it’s a sin to act on those feelings in having a homosexual, intimate relationship. Does it mean you have to become a priest or nun if you are gay? Absolutely not! It just means that you are called to a life of celibate chastity. Everyone has a choice. Gay people have a choice too. Marriage is between a man and woman so that as a couple they can be open to the procreation of life. Obviously, a homosexual relationship goes against that and is therefor banned by the church. The best explanation I have found on why the Catholic Church believes what they do is Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body. It all made sense after I read it! God bless!

  • christine martinez

    I am for all of this and agree
    Tho I will always and forever defend u – us.
    Is it really true that is a sin love one another does not sound reasurring I mean we sin regardless but we could admit that so is it really a sin to be gay is it a sin to feel the way we feel

  • Jack

    I think this sums up what the church teaches: God loves you, but he hates what you are. In the same way, God loves someone who is born with no legs, but he hates the fact that the person was born with no legs, and the person should do everything he can to act as if he has legs because having no legs is just not right.

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