310 comments and counting. Click here to see the carnage! 'Oh those Christians, see how they love one another!' There's blood everywhere! All you have to do is walk into the bar and shout, "Homosexuality", and everyone is at each other's throats.
The room seems to be divided between conservative reactionary traddies who love Holy Mother Church (but secretly hate gays), annoying, heretical liberals who love gays but attack Holy Mother Church, and a few level headed, doctrinally sound, men and women who just love Holy Mother Church and try to respect their brothers and sisters. I've lost my rag once or twice, once at a reactionary and once at a liberal.
If you can go in, get a round of drinks in and get them to settle down...I'll be mighty impressed!
Here is the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Homosexuality:
2358, by the way, is not the official number of men in the World who have the condition of homosexuality, just in case you were wondering. It's 2360. I know this because I counted last week. Neither is 2359 the number of homosexual persons who are called to chastity. It's 2360. Current comment count: 621! Oh, boy...is my 'story' ever going to sell!
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.
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.
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.