Essa trova conforto anche in sicuri risultati delle scienze umane, le quali pure hanno un oggetto e un metodo loro proprio, che godono di legittima autonomia. Pertanto dai suoi ministri si richiede studio attento, impegno concreto e riflessione onesta, teologicamente equilibrata. In quella Dichiarazione si sottolineava il dovere di cercare di comprendere la condizione omosessuale, e si osservava come la colpevolezza degli atti omosessuali dovesse essere giudicata con prudenza. Nello stesso tempo la Congregazione teneva conto della distinzione comunemente operata fra condizione o tendenza omosessuale e atti omosessuali. Tali opinioni, gravemente erronee e fuorvianti, richiedono dunque speciale vigilanza. Dei Verbum, n.

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Gahl, Jr. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross 1. Human Love and Sexuality "It is not good that the man should be alone" Gn With these words, the Book of Genesis introduces the creation of Eve, the first woman.

The inspired creation story explains the origin of the difference between man and woman by indicating that human beings, made in the image and likeness of God cf. Gn , are called to loving communion. In addition, according to the Genesis account, the complementarity between man and woman, a reflection of "the inner unity of the Creator", is directed towards this communion.

The Church therefore "celebrates the divine plan of the loving and life-giving union of men and women in the sacrament of marriage". Homosexuality: Definition and Evaluation When Adam and Eve misused their freedom by disobeying God, they committed the original sin which wounded human nature.

The effects of original sin are experienced by each one of us. Homosexuality is the condition of those "who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction towards persons of the same sex".

The Church therefore also distinguishes between persons who experience homosexual temptations and homosexual activity. Men and women who experience sexual inclinations directed predominantly towards members of the same sex are considered homosexual persons.

Voluntary sexual activity, or any form of sensual contact for the sake of sexual gratification, between persons of the same sex is considered homosexual activity.

While original sin is the remote cause of homosexuality, the proximate cause seems to be a combination of various phenomena not totally understood by science. Because they contradict the plan of the Creator, homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.

Anyone who freely consents to homosexual activity is personally guilty of grave sin. In its intrinsic sterility, homosexual activity thwarts the call to a life of loving self-gift expressed by the complementary conjugal union between man and woman. Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual activity as a serious depravity and even "as the sad consequence of rejecting God"9 cf.

Rom The Church helps homosexual persons to struggle courageously against disordered inclinations and to conform themselves to the splendour of truth found in Jesus Christ cf. Jn By "rejecting erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality" the Church "defends personal freedom and dignity". Those who suffer from homosexual inclinations are not necessarily responsible for their condition.

No one ought to judge such persons as inferior. The Church recognizes the equal dignity of all persons and offers a maternal welcome to those who experience homosexual inclinations. Likewise, the Church absolutely condemns all malice in speech or action towards homosexual people and teaches that such behaviour endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. Consequently, the Church teaches that human law should promote respect for the intrinsic dignity of each person.

Guidelines for Ministry to Homosexual Persons Through her apostolic action, the Church opens her arms to all men and women. Believing that the salvific perfection of human freedom may be found only in the truth of Jesus Christ, the Church must always courageously proclaim Christian morality, even when facing opposition or, in extreme cases, persecution and martyrdom. Without driving away anyone of good will, ministry to homosexual faithful must communicate, as soon as possible, the demanding yet attractive requirements of moral truth.

They are encouraged to learn that with the love of Christ, "they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection".

As St. Paul admonished the Galatians: "Those who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires" Gal Homosexual persons, therefore, should make use of the proven means for growing in the virtue of chastity, including frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.

The public accountability of ministers of the Church requires that they believe and profess the teachings of the Church. Attracting new members to the Church requires firm personal conviction and dedication.

Reluctance to express the whole of Christian morality only hinders the pastoral care of homosexual persons and thereby does them a serious injustice. Church ministries to homosexual people should not associate with organizations that promote changes in civil legislation which would jeopardize the juridical recognition of marriage and family by giving equivalent status to homosexual unions. Pastoral programmes, when undertaken in conformity with the truth of revelation, contribute to the human and spiritual benefit of homosexual persons, and to the integrity of society.

Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. Homosexualitatis problema, n. Catechism of the Catholic Church 15 August , n. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. Persona humana, n. Taken from:.


Homosexualitatis problema

Gahl, Jr. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross 1. Human Love and Sexuality "It is not good that the man should be alone" Gn With these words, the Book of Genesis introduces the creation of Eve, the first woman.


Homosexuality and Gospel Truth: Towards Effective Pastoral Care

The issue of homosexuality and the moral evaluation of homosexual acts have increasingly become a matter of public debate, even in Catholic circles. Since this debate often advances arguments and makes assertions inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church, it is quite rightly a cause for concern to all engaged in the pastoral ministry, and this Congregation has judged it to be of sufficiently grave and widespread importance to address to the Bishops of the Catholic Church this Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. Naturally, an exhaustive treatment of this complex issue cannot be attempted here, but we will focus our reflection within the distinctive context of the Catholic moral perspective. It is a perspective which finds support in the more secure findings of the natural sciences, which have their own legitimate and proper methodology and field of inquiry.

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