Papal theologian: Treating homosexuals with dignity means telling them the truth BY JOHN-HENRY WESTEN

Papal theologian: Treating homosexuals with dignity means telling them the truth

BY JOHN-HENRY WESTEN

    Asked about the problem of homosexuality, gay ‘marriage’ and their incursion on relgious freedom, Fr. Giertych noted “this is not an issue which is reacting against the Church’s teaching – this is a fundamental anthropological change.” It is, he said, “a distortion of humanity which is being proposed as an ideology, which is being supported, financed, promoted by those who are powerful in the world in many, many, countries simultaneously.”

    “The Church,” he added, “is the only institution in the world which has the courage to stand up to this ideology.”

    He continued, noting that the increasing role of the state in society has resulted in a substantial lowering of ethical standards:

    “Now, what we are observing in many countries world-wide, certainly in the 20th and the 21st century, there is an enormous extension of the responsibility of States. Now, the more the State is encroaching on the economy, on family life, on education – the State is saying that only the State has the monopoly to decide about these things. The more the State is omnipotent, the more the ethical standards are lowered, because it’s impossible to promote high ethical standards by the State."

    The 61-year-old of Polish background said, “I’ve seen the Communist ideology, which seemed to be so powerful, and it’s gone! Ideologies come and go, and they have the idea of changing humanity, of changing human nature. Human nature cannot be changed; it can be distorted. But the elevation of perversion to the level of a fundamental value that has to be nurtured and nourished and promoted – this is absolutely sick.”

    “The Church, standing up to this ideology which we are seeing now in the Western world, the Church is saying something very normal and humane, which corresponds to the understanding of humanity, which humanity has had for millennia, long before Christ, long before the appearance of Christianity,” he said. “So it’s not a question of the Church fighting the ideology, it’s a question of the distortion of humanity, and the Church standing up in defence of human dignity.”

    Fr. Giertych and John-Henry Westen on a balcony within the papal palace.

    Speaking of practicing homosexuals Fr. Giertych said, “of course they have to be treated with dignity, everybody has to be treated with dignity, even sinners have to be treated with dignity, but the best way of treating people with dignity is to tell them the truth.”

    “And if we escape from the truth we’re not treating them with dignity,” he added.

    The papal theologian drew an analogy to smoking saying that helping people stop smoking is not denying their dignity.

    He said:

    "Homosexuality is against human nature. Now, there are many things that people do that are unnatural – smoking cigarettes is also unnatural. You can live with the addiction to tobacco, you can die of it, but there are people who are addicted to tobacco, yet they live and we meet with them and we deal with them and we don’t deny their dignity. So certainly people with the homosexual difficulty have to be respected … And so the important thing is how to pastorally help such people to return to an emotional and moral integrity."

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    12 things you need to know about the Court’s homosexual “marriage” decisions

    BY JIMMY AKIN Wednesday

    Here are 12 things you need to know about the homosexual "marriage" decisions just issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt a pair of blows to the fight to defend the reality of marriage as being between a man and a woman.

    There will be time for analysis later.

    For now, let’s try to understand the basic facts of what just happened.

    Here are 12 things you need to know.

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    B 16 on Homosexual “Marriage”

    Here we offer an “interview” with Pope Benedict XVI that draws on his previous writings on the subject of homosexuality, on giving legal recognition to homosexual unions, and on the duties of Catholic politicians.

    1) Your Holiness, thank you for joining us today. You recently referred to the “powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage” in the United States. How should the Catholic Church in America respond to such pressure?

    The Church’s conscientious effort to resist this pressure calls for a reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution consisting of a specific communion of persons, essentially rooted in the complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation.

    Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage.

    Defending the institution of marriage as a social reality is ultimately a question of justice, since it entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike.

    2) Many try to dismiss this as a matter of religion and say that it should have no place in a modern, pluralistic society. What do you say?

    Since this question relates to the natural moral law, the arguments that follow are addressed not only to those who believe in Christ, but to all persons committed to promoting and defending the common good of society.

    The Church’s teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world.

    No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman.

    3) Many people think think of homosexual unions as on par with heterosexual unions–only with the genders changed. What should we make of this view?

    There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.

    Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Homosexual acts 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.

    Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts as a serious depravity (cf. Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10).

    This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.

    This same moral judgment is found in many Christian writers of the first centuries and is unanimously accepted by Catholic Tradition.

    4) What does this say about people with same-sex attraction? How should they be treated? And how should they view their situation? Read more here:

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