Friday, November 11, 2011

USCCB marriage advisor resigns after suggesting devil plays role in homosexuality

First of all, I don't know of any evidence that homosexuality is genetic. But what if some people were predisposed to it, and they were born like it. Would that justify homosexual actions or even gay marriage? I would say no. Within Catholic teaching, something doesn't automatically become acceptable as long as someone has a "natural" desire for it. Adultery is wrong. But you could argue that a man is naturally predisposed to want to have sex with a woman who is not his wife. Should we then be accepting of this because it's "natural"?

Just imagine a man who cheats on his wife reassuring her by saying "This is just who I am. It's natural, I was born this way! God wouldn't have created me this way if he didn't want me to act on it!" I doubt his wife would be very convinced.

But the same argument could be made for all kinds of behavior. A serial killer could argue he was "born that way", that he didn't choose to be a killer, but it's just how God made him. Or a pedophile. He could also argue that's how God made him, and then rhetorically ask "if God didn't want me to act on my pedophilia, why would he create me like this?"

I'll probably get a bunch of comments blasting me for comparing homosexual actions to murder, but all I can say to this is that you are missing the point. The point I'm trying to make is that just because we find a "natural" desire to do something, that doesn't automatically legitimize it.

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  1. In your opinion, why is homosexuality wrong? Is there any reason besides what the bible says?

  2. Thanks for the question. I think someone who is "homosexual" is not necessarily sinful. It's a temptation to sin in my opinion. Someone who is struggling with it is engaged in a righteous struggle.

    I believe homosexual acts are wrong because they are inherently unfruitful and contrary to the natural purpose of sexual activity.

    Also it is important to note I'm not only against homosexual activity, but any sexual behavior outside marriage. I also understand people have struggles with many temptations, this being just one possibility.