From a reader…
Dear Fr. Thank you for the sterling work you do with your blog.
Within my circle of friends at my accommodation we have a number of practicing homosexuals. In the pass I have avoided such people like the plague, the lifestyle is part of the culture of death. However over meals I’ve gotten to know some and while not attracted to the persons sexually I’m fond of them as individual people. How is a good catholic meant to go about dealing with such people.
A good Catholic is to treat with charity, sacrificial love, all whom we meet. This means giving them what is due to them by justice, treating them fairly, offering works of mercy, both corporal and spiritual. Spiritual works of mercy include instructing the ignorant and admonishing the sinner. These two works of mercy one always applies also according to principles of fraternal correction. Much depends on your relationship and the character of individuals.
So, we should treat people with homosexual tendencies justly and charitably, as we would any other person.
Every person has principle faults or inclinations to some sort of sin. Every person suffers temptations by the Enemy. Let’s never look down on those who have these tendencies, as if we were pharisees in the temple looking down on the publican.
I firmly believe that if people with same-sex attraction will, if they live chastely and persevere, have a very high place in heaven. The burden and suffering must be heavy indeed. Therefore, the graces God offers will be that much greater.
There is no reason why, within the bounds of decorum, we have to accept any of the homosexualist ideology.
In short, deal with homosexuals with charity, which may mean admonishment if your relationship permits. However, avoid all temptation of rash judgment and examine your conscience.
And firmly reject demonic gender-bending theory and the homosexualist agenda, that either doesn’t uphold the need for continence or blurs the fact of the intrinsic evil of same-sex acts.
I’ve written more about homosexuality, HERE.