Anti-Catholic smears just keep-a-coming.
Honest to God, I am getting so sick of people claiming Catholics hate gays. Here's the latest, it involves Chris "Tingle Up My Leg" Matthews: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2012/02/20/chris-matthews-sneers-if-youre-really-anti-gay-you-become-catholic-n
For the record;
Article 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 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 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.
Article 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.
Article 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.
That was all taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It details how we are to live and behave. Please take note of the portion I placed in bold.
End of story.
Thanks, Subvet! Much appreciated!
Now I'll go see what (anti)Chris(t) Matthews said.
More later maybe.
I'd just like to point out that at as a liberal, atheist, openly-gay reader and commenter, I've always been treated respectfully and considerately here, even when I disagree strongly with the status quo.
"Homophobic" is a difficult word to pin down. Taken to one extreme, it can mean literally hating gay people—like the people who picket soldiers' funerals or beat people up. At the other end of the spectrum, and a lot of people don't like to acknowledge this, it is used by the politically motivated or overly-sensitive to silence people. At this point it no longer means actually hating or fearing gay people, but simply that someone has said something unintentionally offensive, or doesn't agree with some political agenda that the accuser supports.
At that point, "homophobic" is not a good word to use. Calling someone homophobic implies that you think whomever you're talking about is right up there with the Phelps family, or the people who killed Matthew Shepard. You're basically declaring to them: "you are not a reasonable person, and we cannot hope to have a discussion about this." In doing so, you demonstrate that you are just as unreasonable and inaccessible yourself.
It cuts you off from any chance to learn from them, or let them learn from you. If anything, next time they hear someone or something being called homophobic, they're not going to think, "wow, that's not nice, I better not get involved." They're going to think, "oh, something else that some asshole doesn't like—hey, maybe I'll take a look!"
There are people who really are homophobic, and really do deserve to be called out on it. For everyone else… just show some respect. Don't write off an entire group of people just because you don't agree with some of them. How can you expect anyone to listen to you if you've already written them off as unreasonable? Do what you keep asking others to do and open your mind; you can't expect people to respect you if you won't give them any back.
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