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Homosexuality from a Christian point of view.
Catholic teaching on homosexuality is summarized in the Catechism:
- 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, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This is a page for explaining psychology research that supports or challenges Catholic teaching on homosexuality, and discussing the scientific merits of each.
For instance, one scientific debate is whether some form of therapeutic intervention can change someone's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. A 2009 task force of the American Psychological Association concluded that "the results of scientifically valid research indicate that it is unlikely that individuals will be able to reduce same-sex attractions or increase other-sex sexual attractions through [sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE)]. We found that there was some evidence to indicate that individuals experienced harm from SOCE."
- Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry - "an association of diocesan, parish and campus-based ministries and those involved in these ministies."
- Courage - "an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church [which] ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones... We also have an outreach called Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions."
- DignityUSA - "...As GLBT Catholics, it is our right, our privilege, and our duty to live the sacramental life of the Church. We believe that we can express our sexuality in a loving, life-affirming manner that is in keeping with Christ's teaching."
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