Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith’s Document Considerations Regarding Proposals to
Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons Issued on June
Homosexuality gives rise to great concern in
countries that have granted or intend to grant – legal recognition to
homosexual unions, which may include the possibility of adopting children.
The Church’s teaching on marriage and on the
complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right
reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world.
Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was
established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and
Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts "as a
serious depravity… (cf. Rom 1,24-27; 1 Cor 6,10; 1 Tim 1,10).
This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that
all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it,
but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically
If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to
oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians
are obliged to do so in a particular way.
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
The 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.
The term homosexual marriage or marriage when
referring to homosexual unions is meaningless and self-contradictory and
should never be used.