Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

Posted by unclesmrgol at 18 October, 2014 20:43:54

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
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,140 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."141 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.

140 Cf. Gen 191-29; Rom 1 24-27; ⇒ 1 Cor 6:10; ⇒ 1 Tim 1:10.

141 CDF, Persona humana 8.

Concordance: homosexuals

Note the phrase "practicing homosexuals" in Scripture.


Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth, which is contradicted both by approval of homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons.

Content Disabled

Posted by unclesmrgol at 25 May, 2014 09:43:55

A comment of mine, disabled from the LA Times.

It's up to 41 10-round magazines, and three guns -- all legally owned, which of course means that the police were well aware of his armory at the time they went to see him. And doesn't California have a law requiring that those who have mental health issues be disarmed?


Of course, the problem here is that neither he nor any of his comments were ever submitted to a licensed psychologist for diagnosis. Had even one of his youtube comments been given to a licensed psychologist for review, none of this would have happened.

It's obvious that the police and his parents were stupid -- or worse, deliberately obtuse -- in terms of understanding and implementing the laws on the books right now.

But all of this points to one thing -- never depend on the village to raise your child. That's your job.

On The Defenestration of Branden Eich

Posted by unclesmrgol at 06 April, 2014 22:43:18

The Angry Man
by Phyllis McGinley

The other day I chanced to meet
An angry man upon the street —
A man of wrath, a man of war,
A man who truculently bore
Over his shoulder, like a lance,
A banner labeled “Tolerance.”

And when I asked him why he strode
Thus scowling down the human road,
Scowling, he answered, “I am he
Who champions total liberty —
Intolerance being, ma’am, a state
No tolerant man can tolerate.

“When I meet rogues,” he cried, “who choose
To cherish oppositional views,
Lady, like this, and in this manner,
I lay about me with my banner
Till they cry mercy, ma’am.” His blows
Rained proudly on prospective foes.

Fearful, I turned and left him there
Still muttering, as he thrashed the air,
“Let the Intolerant beware!”


Pope Francis and President Obama

Posted by unclesmrgol at 29 March, 2014 17:13:32

The president acknowledged that his meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, included a discussion about “the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law.” Mr. Obama repeated the administration’s argument that it has tried to accommodate churches and faith-affiliated institutions in regard to the health care law.

“I explained to him that most religious organizations are entirely exempt,” Mr. Obama said. “Religiously affiliated hospitals or universities or [nongovernmental organizations] simply have to attest that they have a religious objection, in which case they are not required to provide contraception — although employees of theirs who choose are able to obtain it through the insurance company.”

Mr. Obama, who has claimed to be a Constitutional scholar, and who has taught classes on that subject in the past, seems not to understand the First Amendment at all. Accommodating churches and faith-affiliated institutions should not require such institutions to file suits in Federal Court, as the Little Sisters of the Poor have had to do:

The Becket Fund said that, although the Little Sisters’ homes perform a religious ministry of caring for the elderly poor, they do not fall within the government’s narrow exemption for “religious employers.” Accordingly, beginning on January 1, the Little Sisters will face IRS fines unless they violate their religion by hiring an insurer to provide their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

In fact, accommodating most religious "organizations" but not all religious claimants constitutes an establishment of religion, something which our Constitution expressly forbids. A person should not have to join a religious organization, nor order his or her life, in order that their religious observances be respected by the Government. The person should not be restricted by a quest for profit. The Bible describes the way in which profitable businesses must operate, and, by extension, describes those acts as part and parcel of a person's adherence to a faith-based life.

Narrowing the allowed list of claimants to just organizations with a religious focus denies completely an individual citizen's ability to live their religion in their daily lives. Requiring a company, whose owners have a dissenting religious outlook on contraception or abortion from that of the Government, to purchase or even to contract with an insurance company which provides such coverages, is a violation of the separation of church and state. In fact, forcing an insurance company to offer such coverages as a condition of staying in business is a similar violation.

What the President has shown is that he has little common ground in this matter with the Catholic Church and its faithful.

Hobby Lobby Has Its Day in [the Supreme] Court

Posted by unclesmrgol at 23 March, 2014 20:30:17

The Administration posits that religion only has its place on certain days and in certain places. Lots of people who hate religion posit likewise. But the Constitution doesn't. To force a person to buy -- to use the work of their hands -- in ways counter to their religious faith not only violates the First Amendment, but also violates the Thirteenth Amendment prohibition against involuntary servitude. For those unclear on the concept, involuntary servitude involves forced or coerced labor by one person on behalf of another.

Two days from now, Sebilius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will be argued before the Supreme Court.

Rick Warren, the pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Church,has this to say about the case:
Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life.

Specifically, does the First Amendment guarantee believers of all faiths the freedom to practice their ethics, educate their children and operate family businesses based on their religious beliefs, moral convictions and freedom of conscience? Do Americans have the freedom to place our beliefs and ethics at the center of our business practices — or must we ignore them when we form a company?

Indeed, as the Amicus Curiae briefs indicate, all of the filers attempt to address the First Amendment issue. They all proceed to address it in various religious ways, including making that argument that some religions count not only faith but works of faith as essential to daily life; that is precisely the point made by Pastor Rick Warren above.

Left unaddressed, however, in any of these arguments is the Thirteenth Amendment issue of whether any person can withhold labor which they do not wish to perform, regardless of reason. And, if any person is capable of withholding labor they do not wish to perform under our Constitution, does that right accrue to collections of people all endowed with a similar purpose?

To put it another way, I believe that the Constitution addresses freedom of religion twice -- once in the 1st Amendment, and again in the 13th. The 13th was obviously designed to end slavery, but is it not slavery to compel one person to work at anything they do not wish to support, merely because another orders them to do so? We long ago rid ourselves of hard labor in prison camps but how is this new threat to a person's freedom to use the work of their hands as they wish any different from that harsh and bygone punishment? We long ago rid ourselves of the idea of forced armed military service, allowing a category of conscientious objection which allowed service without militancy -- how is this request by Hobby Lobby any different from that?

Liberal Censorship

Posted by unclesmrgol at 15 March, 2014 21:31:16

It's rare to see it so blatant, but here's an interesting screenshot illustrating exactly how thin-skinned the guys who run Media Matters are when a conservative challenges their viewpoints: