Nov 29, 2005

Straight talk on homosexuality



Boston archbishop Sean O'Malley has issued a pastoral letter about how the Church views homosexual persons. The letter was read at all Masses in the Archdiocese last Sunday. O'Malley's words are clear and at the same time full of tenderness toward those who bear the heavy burden of same-sex attraction. He writes:

We know that friends and relatives of homosexual Catholics sometimes feel torn between their allegiance to Christ and their concern for their loved ones. I assure them that these goals are not incompatible. As Catholics we profess a firm belief in the dignity of each person and in the eternal destiny to which God calls us. Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.”In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”

Finally, a shepherd who is not afraid to tell it like it is. Would that it were so in L.A.

Note that the Archbishop avoids the use of politicized language like 'gay' and 'lesbian,' but uses instead language which respects the dignity of each individual human person. "The Church," he writes, "has often warned against defining people by their sexual orientation in a way that diminishes their humanity. Each person is a mystery, an irreplaceable treasure, precious in God’s eye. We are God’s creatures and in baptism we are His sons and daughters, brothers and sisters to one another."

Read the entire pastoral letter HERE. It is brief and a worthy read.

See the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexuality.

4 Comments:

Blogger Saint Johns Army said...

The Bishop said "Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.”In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”

Then the homosexual says, "well you NEBER speak about contraception from the pulpit, the Eucharist minister is living with his girl friend, everone drinks too much, no one mentions divorse, we never hear about confession any more, ETC, ETC, ETC. Why do I have to be "GOOD?"

What people don't understand is JUST missing Mass on Sunday is enough to get you sent to hell!

The world id in BIG trouble!

John

3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep it's like herding cats. once you let one cat/dissenter out of the bag...

7:04 AM  
Blogger skeetor said...

you ever notice the look of people like this guy, he generally looks like a holy person. Sure he is a sinner more or less like everyone else, but he knows he is a sinner and know its bad and tries to make himself a better person (like most of us). You can look at those who try to make the evil they do a good thing and you can see it on their face, in many places I have seen here on this blog there are many good examples of this.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God that a bishop is stepping up to the truth and does not give lip service with cowardly false compassion that does not care for souls.

2:23 PM  

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