Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Homosexuality: It's Not What You Feel, it's What You Do that Counts

Although what you let yourself feel is important, too. Which is a huge topic by itself. No time for that now. It's the cleaning both sides of a cup thing. (That imagery for keeping the spirit clean is in Matthew 23, 25-27)

I ran into an article today, thanks to Catholic news Serv. and The Catholic Spirit on Twitter:

"Homosexual attraction: A disordered desire for love"
Father Michael Schmitz, in Northern Cross, Diocese of Duluth, via TheCatholicSpirit.com (April 21, 2009)
"Why is homosexuality a sin?

"First, homosexuality is not a sin. The term 'homosexuality' refers to the condition of being sexually attracted to mem­­bers of one’s own gender. An at­traction, even a same-sex attraction, is not sinful; it is simply a description of what is. Every one of us struggles daily with our attractions and desires. This is the human condition: We are made good but are sometimes attracted to things that aren't good for us...."
The rest of the article is a pretty good discussion of Catholic teaching on sexual morality. I'm pretty sure that Perez Hilton wouldn't want to read it, and you certainly don't have to: but there is something to be learned there.

I particularly appreciated the discussion of how "love" in English means everything from God's attitude toward us, to emotions associated with a teenage crush.

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I hope that this will be the last post I do on this particular topic for some time. Sex is great, but there's more to humanity than that.

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