Saturday, July 5, 2008

Love vs Hate

Robert Quinn sent this to The Tablet:

Bill Reel wrote "gays question how others can love homosexuals, yet disapprove of their sex lives."

A reader replied "being gay is much more than a sex life." True, but it's that sex life which the Church clearly defines as depraved, against natural law & never approved. (cf Cat.2357). The reader faults the Catechism for making this known, then faults the teaching as "not that of a fair & loving Christ." Will he also fault these words and actions of the Holy Trinity?

The angels, punishing men attempting to sexually abuse them, "...struck with blindness from the least to the greatest..." (Gen.19:11).
"...Sodom & Gomorrah...committed sins of immorality & practiced unnatural vice, have been made an example, undergoing the punishment of eternal fire." (Jude 1:7)
"...God has given them up to shameful lusts; for their women have exchanged the natural use for that which is against nature, &, in like manner the men also, having abandoned the natural use ofthe woman, have burned in their lusts, one toward another, men with men doing shameless things & receiving in themselves the fitting recompense of their perversity." (Romans 1:26-27).
"...those who practice such things are deserving of death..." (Romans 1:32)
"...sodomites will not possess the Kingdom of God..." (cf 1 Cor.6:9-10)

True Catholic teaching is faithful to the above, though rarely heard today! Though being gay is not sinful, sinful thoughts or actions make one culpable, as with all of us. Calling its teachings "antiquated", the reader implies the Commandments have a "shelf" life.
For this, Christ died?

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