First, I hate that term “gay”. There’s nothing “gay” about it.
The liberal Left is slobbering all over alleged words of Pope Francis to a young homosexual man, who says that Pope told him that God made him homosexual.
I am not going to accept the claim that that is what the Holy Father actually said. Gratis asseritur…. And, were he to have said that, that would do nothing in any official way to change or to redirect the Church’s teachings about homosexual persons.
Doctrine is not officially taught and Pope’s don’t change the Church’s teachings in off-the-cuff private remarks that can’t be substantiated one way or another.
It seems to me we’ve seen this movie before… and it ain’t The Bells of Saint Mary.
Some months ago I wrote a post after a priest “outed” himself as being homosexual. HERE I stand by it now. It is appropriate to review the substance of it:
Homosexual acts are clearly wrong. Our parts are intended by God to fit a certain way. They are ordered to each other in a complimentary way. God made us to live the human life in a properly ordered way, according to our human nature which He created. We can choose not to live that way. If we have inclinations not to live as God made us, that doesn’t mean that God made the aberrant inclination. God makes all people. People with disordered inclinations are, of course, people and, hence, God made them. But God didn’t make them to be people with disorders. God foresees and allows disorders, but that doesn’t make the disorders the norm. All human beings are intended to live the human life in a properly ordered way. Those who have some disorder have a harder time doing that.
We believe, however that overcoming that disorder, which will entail suffering, will bring them great merit and beautiful rewards in heaven, if not on earth.
Same-sex attraction is a disordered attraction. God doesn’t make disordered attraction. He foresees and permits disorders, according to His plan. But it is not part of the normal ordering of living the human life.
All analogies limp a little, but let’s look at this another way.
If we study, say, 10000 beavers, we get a good picture of what beavers are made by God to do, what Beaver Life™ is. Beavers are semi-aquatic. They gnaw down trees, make dams and lodges out of branches, logs, stones and mud. They work at night and slap the water with their tails when there is danger. They do not hibernate, so they stockpile food for the winter. They eat plants and bark and roll up lily pads like cigars to munch on. They mate for life, live in colonies, and they make little beavers during the winter.
That’s pretty much it. That’s what living the Beaver Life™ is. God makes all beavers and makes the Beaver Life™ which all rightly, beaverly, ordered beavers live.
However, say that among the 10000 beavers we have studied to determine what Beaver Life™ is, we find a beaver who, instead of gnawing trees and building dams, collects discarded aluminum cans out of which he constructs abstract art. Instead of stockpiling food before the winter, he lounges in the sun. Instead of rolling up lily pads before eating them, he eats frogs. Instead of using his tail as a rudder and to signal danger, he swims backwards and ignores danger completely.
You would have to say that God made that beaver, but you wouldn’t say that that beaver was living Beaver Life™ properly. You would probably say that this beaver has a disorder of some kind. He’s doing the wrong things. Furthermore, if other beavers start to imitate the beaver with the disorder, there could be a problem for the survival of that colony. You would hope that that beaver would correct his ways, stop giving a bad example to the other beavers, and cease to undermine Beaver Life™ which God intended for all beaverkind.
Frankly, a beaver like that wouldn’t last very long in the wild. A beaver with that disordered inclination would probably win the Darwin Award, so to speak, and leave the gene pool.
Living Human Life™ as God intended is more complicated than living Beaver Life™ as God intended. We aren’t governed by instincts as critters are. We have reason and will, unlike brute beasts. Still, natural law holds for us as it does for beavers. Our natures are written into us by God.
Homosexual acts are wrong in themselves. They are intrinsically disordered. They are sinful in themselves. They can never be right. Never. They are identified as intrinsically wrong by reason, observation of nature, and because of divine revelation.
The inclination to disordered acts is a disordered inclination.
Having an attraction to, an appetite for someone of the same-sex is disordered, contrary to the complimentarity which God wrote into our human nature as males and females. God makes order, not disorder. He foresees and permits that their be disorders and sins and even defects all through nature, and somehow they can serve to His greater glory. But the disorders and the sins and the defects are not God’s will.
We will see how that all works out only in the general judgment after all things are submitted to the Father and God is all in all.
In sorting out questions about why some people have same-sex appetites, we have to understand something about God’s positive or ideal will and God’s permissive will.
God is perfect, infinitely good. God can only will that which is good, true, beautiful and holy.
So why is there evil in the world? Why are there disorders?
God willed that Adam and Eve remain holy. But because He willed that they have a free will, as He has a free will, He permitted them to fall. He did not will them to fall. He permits that sins be committed, he does not will them to be committed. Because of the nature of… well… nature, he permits that there be defects or weaknesses. He does not will them.
God doesn’t make people sin. He permits it. He foresees and uses it. But God the perfect Orderer cannot be the cause of disorder.
I suspect that in most cases, homosexual relationships that involve genital, etc., acts are really a twisting and warping of friendship. But that might be a topic for a different entry.
Homosexual persons with same-sex attractions or desires have disordered, improperly directed, attractions or desires. That doesn’t mean that they are “bad people” or “automatically sinful” or name your label. They are made in God’s image and likeness and, therefore, have the dignity inherent in all human beings. God permitted the disordered inclination and, somehow, we shall see what it all means in the vast scheme of His plan when the General Judgment rolls around. Meanwhile, I firmly believe that people with those inclinations, if they remain chaste and continent or learn to redirect themselves, will – because of their trials and sufferings – have a high place in heaven.
Great challenges bring great graces and, eventually, great rewards, though those rewards may not be realized until heaven.
Meanwhile, I utterly reject and abhor strident efforts to normalize these disordered inclinations and the acts that follow upon them. I also find loathsome the efforts of those who vilify people who uphold the dignity of human sexuality as God clearly intended it.