Homosexuality: 4 Teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” […] “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

Adam and Eve - Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), wikipedia

Listers, the following is the catechetical Catholic teaching on homosexuality and chastity. The sections and references are represented in full, but the subtitles are suppled by SPL.1

 

Chastity and Homosexuality

1. Intrinsically Disordered

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, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” 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.

2. The Trial of Our Beloved Brethren

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.

3. The Call to Christian Perfection

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.

4. Sins Gravely Contrary to Chastity

2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

  1. Context: Click here to read the section in the Catechism []
  • Patrick

    The Church forgot the reparative therapy. 2 years ago, I follow a therapy and now live an heterosexual life (after 10 years in a gay lifestyle).

  • Clinton R.

    @Patrick: Good to hear that! Following Jesus does heal us from the sins that we become slaves to. He is the Light and darkness will never prevail. God be with you, Patrick.

  • is not the above photo considered pornography???!!! and what of Michelangelos art at the vatican? These not considered pornography???!!! Michelangelo was a gay man, did his art reflect that?