Union? Sunday 3rd August 2003
The past few days has seen a Vatican publication
about legalising homosexual union.
Much media attention has
created the impression that homosexuals are condemned as 'evil'
etc. Quite the contrary is true. Take the following for
".... according to the teaching of the Church,
men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with
respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust
discrimination in their regard should be avoided”. They are called,
like other Christians, to live the virtue of chastity. The
homosexual inclination is however “objectively disordered” and
homosexual practices are “sins gravely contrary to
- and then there is a summary of the Vatican
document: The last paragraph is as follows:
Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in
any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition
of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize,
promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary
unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing
them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval
of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in
present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which
belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail
to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the
good of society itself.
are remotely interested you should read the whole thing (it's quite
short) - at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html
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