Garrett Boyer, Fargo, Published December 28 2012
Letter: Catholic Church a friend to gaysEveryone knows the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage: that homosexual acts are intrinsically wrong and that gays lack natural sexual complementarity, and therefore a marriage between them is not possible. How does this get translated into, “The church hates gays” or “Catholics are bigots because of their views on homosexuality”?
The church’s view on gay marriage is not the same as its view on gays themselves. Referring to gays, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “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 the difficulties they may encounter.” That hardly sounds like the language of an intolerant church. You won’t hear language like that at Westboro Baptist or Willow Creek.
The church’s sexual ethics set a high standard for everyone, not just gays. Married people are to be monogamous, priests and nuns are to be celibate, single people are to abstain from sex, and gays are to practice chastity.
The church’s first mission is to save souls, straight and gay. Through programs like COURAGE, the church assists gays in their path toward knowing and loving Jesus. The church is a friend to sinners and, contrary to popular belief, a friend to homosexuals. I hope that in time the homosexual culture will recognize the ally they have in the Catholic Church.