06 May 2011

The Betrayal of Homosexuals

The title of this post is taken from the title of an article at Lifesite News.com by Monsignor Richard Foy.  The title is intended to be provocative, because the betrayal refers not to what secular society would see as discrimination against homosexuals, but rather refers to the selling short of persons who suffer greatly in their struggle with same-sex attraction.  Many persons have a great desire to live chastely according to the natural law and the truth of human sexuality, yet our completely sex-saturated, self-centered, violent society gives every incentive to people to give into immoral acts, an unhealthy lifestyle and great unhappiness.

The article begins with a quote by the great Cardinal Raymond Burke, a man whose pastoral sensitivity to those with same-sex attractions will never, NEVER be recognized (let alone adequately recognized) by the secular press-- or for that matter, the lefty Catholic press.  He states the nature of the current problem pretty well:

“We see before our eyes the evil fruits of life in a society which pretends to take the place of God in making its laws and in giving its judgments, in a society in which those in power decide what is right and just, according to their desires and convenience, even at the cost of perpetrating the gravest harm upon their neighbour.”

As usual, His Eminence nails it.  We all face struggles against temptation.  Faithful Catholics face a daily fight against a world that hates them for what they are.  But as tough as that is, I can't imagine the difficulty of having this particular temptation and striving to lead a chaste life.  Those who fight it, and those who are misled by the "tolerance" crowd, need our prayers.  And we need more shepherds who will teach the truth with charity.

Those (mostly) well-meaning Catholics who want to be "accepting" of the "gay lifestyle" are harming those they want to help.  Every human being deserves the truth, and we must charitably provide it.  Encouraging gravely immoral acts under the guise of an outreach ministry, as we see in some self-described Catholic parishes, is really a way of confirming people in error.  It doesn't help them, and it doesn't help us.

The use of the term "pride" in the so-called gay rights "movement" is a very telling, very accurate descriptor.  Pride is not needed; pride goes before the fall.  But humility is in short supply, as is love of neighbor.

The full article is here.

13 comments:

doughboy said...

his eminence will be celebrating the opening Mass at this year's courage conference, as well as giving the first talk. i'm so looking forward to seeing him again.
difficult is not the word to live with this. exhausting is more like it; borderline despairing even, especially when you have so many priests either confused about courage or flat-out disagree with it, and you can't even propogate it within an archdiocese where it freaking exists.

Anonymous said...

Man, for some studly straight guy, you sure are obsessed with homos.

Anonymous said...

IMHO: The best remedy offered in the article is this: “We can give homosexuals the example of lives lived in chastity and goodness.”

They are betrayed by a society which tolerates and condones homosexual behavior because the majority members of the society want their own unchaste lifestyle and behavior to be tolerated and condoned.

Truth is Best said...

When I decided to explain what homosexuality was to one of my wise children who never was propagandized at a school on homosexuality, he/she had this to say, after their initial shock and horror at same-sex-marriage, "Encouraging someone to sin is just stupid. They are sending them to hell for eternity."

Anonymous said...

Great article! I hope people read this and pass it along. It holds a lot of truth, which I, unfortunately, most people just brush aside and call "intolerance."

-Amy

Anonymous said...

Timman,

Just a quick question - "When exactly did you choose to be a heterosexual," (presuming your fixation on them is not an indicator of something here?)

It is a choice, according to your logic.

To think that homosexuals choose an orientation where they will be bullied, belittled, beaten, chastised, condemned to hell, rebuked, etc. seems pretty silly, doesn't it?

But then again, maybe in your mind people choose to be poor, to be born in Haiti, to be born during the Nazi occupation ... how can people make such bad choices???


***sigh***

thetimman said...

***sigh***,

Your moniker is descriptive of my reaction when I contemplate having to respond to these types of comments-- by "these types", I mean comments that try to pass for sincere "dialog" by those who dissent from Church teaching, but which in reality are intended to play to whatever perceived audience you think will read them and say, "Yeah, that blogger is really insensitive. He doesn't speak for me, and I'm Catholic, too! I think I'll go down to St. Cronan's today!"

Well, the problem for me is that it gets tiresome to respond when you really don't want to engage in a debate with me, but just like to advance some nebulous agenda using me as the (pardon the expression) straight man.

No thanks. Have a great day, and cheer up!

Anonymous said...

Timman you did not answer the question, "When exactly did you choose to be a heterosexual." It is a question people should consider. Is heterosexuality something that is chosen?

Why bring up St. Cronan's Church?

Anonymous said...

Timman,
Your response to *sigh* is a joke, right?

He asks you a question, and you refuse to answer it. But then
you chide him by saying "you really don't want to engage in a debate with me..."

The humor is that you refuse to debate him, but then accuse him of not wanting to debate you. Uhm, didn't you have to take a course in Logic when you studied Law?

Another *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Dear ***sigh***,

As far as I know, it has yet to be discovered why scientifically some people are heterosexual and why some aren't. Just as the article states (if you read it) one must treat homosexuals with the same respect and love one would give to any other person. By doing this we aren't condoning their actions, but giving them the Christian charity they deserve.
I don't think most homosexuals choose to be the way they are, as you said, why in the world would they?

"You are not called to immorality but holiness."

--Amy

thetimman said...

Two sighs are all I can handle. I'll play along.

I "choose" not to engage in sodomy each and every instant I do not engage in sodomy.

No one is created to commit instrinsically gravely sinful acts. That's the whole point.

Sigh's question is an empty set.

doughboy said...

i understand why they're sighing so heavily, though.

a heterosexual person has sexual tendencies that are ordered toward the good; therefore, in the right circumstances, it is lawful to follow said tendencies.

a homosexual person has sexual tendencies that are not ordered toward the good or proper end of sexual act / function, i.e., they are dis-ordered. but it certainly feels normal to the homosexual person, even though reason and morality tell him otherwise. but in today's society, we're taught by many influences to follow what feels right, what feels natural.

cancer may be natural, but it sure ain't good.

praise God we have the Church who can help us navigate such muddy waters.

Tyler W said...

Homosexuality is proven to be caused by genetic mutation which btw before you start calling all homeosexuals mutants took the simplest forms of life on this planet to the complex and beautiful creatures we are today. and dont start telling me evolution is blasphemy, its a proven fact that evolution is real.

why would a sane person choose to be persecuted and bullied for their entire lives? it is not a question of nature vs nurture its is proven to be nature.

if God created us all in his own image and if he doesnt make mistakes then how can you say that a person that is born homosexual is immoral and sinful.

At my church they teach tolerance and love above all else and this topic does not have much of either. this topic is food for self-righteous pious individuals who think they are being guided by the almighty, when infact theyre acting on their own ignorance and hatred


Oh and just to end i am a homosexual!!!!!!!! and i did not choose this. i live a perfectly moral life, i save lives everyday as i am a surgeon. You can continue saying that you are saving people when the people who are actually savig your "flock" are the people you are slandering!

thankyou to all the people who are not drawn into the cyclone of ignorance that this topic is fuelled by. xx