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Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Fifth Sunday of the Year A 6th February 2011
Two weeks ago we wrote in this space about some immoral deceit (see our website), and received quite a bit of feedback. We referred to the so-called “sting” operation when it is applied to people against whom there is little or no evidence of serious malpractice. This telling of serious lies seems to have become a culturally acceptable practice in post-Christian Britain, at least when the results sell lots of newspapers to the British populace. Even when, as in the Daily Telegraph case in question, the victims are our legitimate leaders. Thus we see that the value of truth and of appropriate respect of authority has become profoundly relativised in our agnostic culture. We would also note that prurient interest in other people’s, especially “celebrities”, dirty washing plays a significant part in this dynamic and is another symptom of distance from God.

We then went on to mention an even more recent ‘sting’ by a homosexual “activist” of a Christian psychotherapist, inviting her to counsel in the light of Christian teaching on homosexuality - which is the supposed crime – and then recording her so doing. The Independent proudly published the activist’s own account and the psychotherapists’ Professional Conduct Panel dutifully summoned her. The case is adjourned after claimed intimidation of defence witnesses.

Now, in the last week, we have heard of a second Christian couple, running their own home as a B&B, being prosecuted for having refused to give a double room to a homosexual couple. This follows the case of Mr and Mrs Bull, parents of a young family, who were recently fined £3,600 for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to sleep together in their (the Bull’s) own family home.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, of the Christian Legal Centre, commented appositely: “The level of intolerance against those who wish to live by their faith ... appears to be reaching endemic proportions.” “Gay rights” increasingly trump Christian rights and reason. Actually, as Pope Benedict powerfully pointed out here last year, a coherent concept of “rights” is rooted in God.

It is timely to review the balanced approach of Catholic teaching concerning homosexuality. Here’s some snippets from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can look up the full text yourselves in your family’s copy. It is fairly self-explanatory- though given the massive cultural advance of materialistic philosophy in recent times we will offer a few comments shortly.

2357 [Homosexuality’s] 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." ... Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 ... [The homosexual] inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, & sensitivity...[avoiding] unjust discrimination 2359 ... by the virtues,...friendship, by prayer & ...grace, they can ... gradually... approach...perfection.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 11:35 am