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  1. Anna
    5 years ago

    Is it not true that many people are born with disordered appetites of one sort or another? Is it not also true that we are instructed by God to overcome those disorders? The ten commandments are essentially telling us what they are. Were those disorders not pretty common God would not have needed to give us those commandments. Further Jesus would not have preached the Sermon on the Mount if indeed we were supposed to be "just how I am" and still be considered holy and His children.

  2. Carlos
    5 years ago

    Why do you care so much? You have already stated that, "Homosexual sexual acts, even if engaged in with one partner for a long time, can never be the equivalent of a marriage."

    According to the current Catholic doctrine, such unions would not be recognized by God. Therefore it doesn't matter if they legally get married, because it isn't recognized by God.

    You used the example of obesity to demonstrate how it is absurd for us to recognize "disordered appetites" as civil rights. What if the government restricted the amount of food an obese person could eat. This would surely be ignoring obese peoples rights a citizens.

    Similarly, homosexuals rights as citizens are being ignored. You can call it immoral you can choose to oppose it, but it is still their right to get legally married.

    The Catechism of the catholic church states that, "It is a part of the Church's mission "to pass moral judgments even in matters related to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it."

    You may interpret this to mean that Catholics have the right to publicly oppose any political ruling that they feel is immoral, but we must remember that it says to do so only when it is required for the salvation of souls.

    If you want to save homosexuals, invite a gay couple to your church, become friends with some homosexuals, open your arms to them just as Jesus would. Don't condemn them publicly. To do so only does the opposite of your intention.

  3. David Hart
    5 years ago

    Central to this argument is the notion that sexual orientation is choice. That is simply not consistent with the science, most specifically the twin studies and the mail sibling effect.

    The entire polemic is thus a long non sequitur. This constructs a dishonest debate.

    The HONEST discussion on these issues is the balance of civil and religious rights. However, that requires that both sides discuss the issue in good faith. Hyperbole, selective observation and willful disregard for science depict vitriol or bad faith.

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