Thoughts on People with Same Sex Attraction

So as a Catholic Christian, Jesus calls me to love everyone. Even people we don’t like, even our enemies, even people who want to kill us (Jesus forgave the soldiers and people who put Him to death- He died for them too!). I don’t mean emotional love necessarily but the type of love where you take care of your neighbor as yourself. So that’s a great rule and all, but in practice it is so hard to live! How often do we argue and bicker with our family and friends, let alone strangers! So we are all hypocrites, we are all sinners. Homosexual sex is a sin just like any sex outside of marriage for Christians. So we don’t promote the gay lifestyle just like we don’t promote cheating on your spouse. BUT ****this is the most important thing that I can say since nobody seems to get this**** having same sex attraction is not a sin. How can we judge someone for what they feel?! This is what Pope Francis said recently that made the news. Even if someone is living a gay lifestyle we still love them! We don’t agree but we love. You don’t deal with people by yelling at them, you share your beliefs out of love. So how do Catholic Christians treat people with same sex attraction? We love them like everyone else. They should not be bullied or made fun of in any way. They have a unique cross to bear but we all have unique crosses, we all need to be courageous in certain parts of our lives. I hope that that made sense and I didn’t offend anyone (love you all 😉 ) The part about homosexual sex being a sin is probably what everyone disagrees with but if you take that premise for granted then the rest of the argument should make sense I’d imagine. I guess I should note here that I have at least one friend with same sex attraction who is a practicing Catholic so this isn’t all just theoretical. Love him the same as the rest of my friends.

“It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.”

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons


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