Every sinful action from stealing a pencil to mass
murder is, in a sense, un-natural and it is an action of violence against
what is natural. It breaks something. It breaks the natural order, it
breaks unity between persons, it breaks the natural cycle of life, it
breaks harmony between God. It is destructive.
All sin – is therefore a distortion of the rightful
order and therefore a form of violence. As such, all of us sinners are
guilty of this kind of violence.
It is true that we call homosexual behavior a sin, and
homosexuality a human weakness, but as we do so we look in the mirror and
acknowledge that all of us are sinners.
Catholics are against sin wherever it occurs because it
is destructive. In saying that we also recognize that there are different
levels of guilt and that all sin is not equally offensive.
Stealing a paper clip from the office is not as serious
as stealing a million pesos from vulnerable widows through a Ponzi scheme.
Likewise we can recognize different levels of guilt amongst the sexual
A homosexual who lives quietly with his or her partner
and strives for what he or she believes to be a loving and faithful life
is not the same as a raging, aggressive homosexual activist who wants to
destroy marriage, wants his total promiscuity endorsed, and thrusts his
sexuality into the lives of others.
It is possible, and pastorally necessary to make such
distinctions. However, making these distinctions does not mean that
homosexual actions are good. Nor does it mean that men can marry one
The Catholic 'advice' for Catholic homosexuals: to
practice chastity. Seculars would call that 'unnatural', the way Catholics
consider homosexual activity unnatural. So is priestly celibacy unnatural,
but these acts of chastity are voluntary and offered to God for a noble
purpose. It is not impossible.
Homosexuals are nothing new in human society, but the
apparent prevalence today in Western societies must be seen in relation to
the absolute number of people living. They are that many.
In previous centuries, it remained 'the sin that dares
not speak its name', which also meant that homosexuals chose to keep their
activities private. It should remain so, and Catholic homosexuals who
choose to indulge themselves must assume the moral responsibility for