Catechism

Here is what the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church has to say about homosexuality. If you want to convert to Roman Catholicism, you have to tell a priest you believe all of this.

“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,141

Actually, no it doesn’t. It refers to worship of other gods, and oppressive sexual practices like gang rape in Genesis which are as far from the average gay man’s sexual experience as they are from the Pope’s.

tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law.

Oh come on, Benny, if it were unnatural, it would not happen, in any species. It happens in most or all.

They close the sexual act to the gift of life.

This disregards the primary purpose of the sexual act, which is to unite a couple to each other. “The two shall become one flesh” says St Paul. It devalues the love of a fertile person for an infertile partner, as well as of gay people.

They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

Have you never met a gay couple who just fit together? Really? And what would a load of celibate priests know about complementarity, anyway?

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.

Just discrimination would be OK, then. And it is “signs” which should be avoided, the appearance rather than the reality of discrimination is what matters. This is not unduly picky: it is a carefully worded document. I particularly love the distinction between our desire, which is “objectively disordered”, and our acts, which are “intrinsically disordered”, according to this great moral guide and compass.

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.

The thing is, we encounter no difficulties whatsoever from our condition. It is more difficult to have children, but science and society can overcome these difficulties. We encounter the difficulties from the oppression and bigotry of the Catholic Church, among others.

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.

So we will be tolerated as long as we try to conform to Straightworld. Thanks, Maledict, but no thanks. Some fuckwit in a dress proclaims the nature of reality and morality as he sees it, and everyone else has to agree with his precise verbal formulation. That is no basis for a religion. You might notice that the phrase “some fuckwit in a dress” is not particularly respectful. Why should I show respect to a wicked old man who tells lies about gay people, and demands that others tell the same lies? He has learned nothing from Galileo.

Religion is about Truth, which language cannot attain, only approximate. That is why the Bible is not a rule-book, but a story-book. Yet people want the safety of rules, which they formulate obsessively. Happy Bonfire night, everyone.

I am delighted to find Catholics for Equality, speaking out against the oppression of their pope, cardinals, bishops and priests. Catholics in the US support equal marriage. Even priests support it- but cannot speak out because of the control of the hierarchy.