Back to Normal and More

Source: Daily Herald | Brian Hill

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend so far. I would like to take a minute to apologize for the lack of substantial posts over the last few days. I know many of you have wondered where I have been lately. Well, things have been quite busy on my end with working, getting ready for school, etc. It is so hard to believe that this summer is practically over; school is just a couple of weeks away. To be honest, I am quite excited about getting back into a normal routine.

Over the next few days, things should begin to return to business as usual and I will have some more time to do posts here and on the Catholic Vote Action blog. I thank you for patience and for your continued reading.

I know I promised some more on the federal judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8. But, truthfully, there are others out there who are more capable of giving you information on what this decision means for us as a Church and as a country. I recommend that you check in with our good friend the American Papist for all of your news on Proposition 8.

There is one thing I will say about the decision, however: As a Church, it is our responsibility to be the moral voice in the world. With that comes a lot of responsibility. When defending our beliefs, it is important for us to act with compassion and with mercy, even if we are not met with compassion and mercy in return. After Cardinal George’s response to Judge Walker’s decision, many came out swinging, calling the Church anti-gay and discriminatory towards homosexuals. That is simply not true!!

Throughout the last several decades, homosexuality has become more socially acceptable in many regions of the world. The  Church teaches that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” (CCC 2357). However, it also holds that the “number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible” (CCC 2358).

Citing Sacred Scripture, the church condemns homosexual acts saying: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22). On the other hand, the church does not condemn individuals who identify themselves as being gay or lesbian; instead, we are called to be compassionate to them. Homosexual individuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (CCC 2358).

There are thousands of Catholic men and women who are struggling with same-sex attractions. I have the utmost respect for these individuals. I hope all of you understand that my opposition to gay marriage does not mean that I am prejudiced or discriminatory. I simply believe that marriage is for one man and one woman. However, I also believe that those who classify themselves as homosexual need to be given basic rights. For instance, they should be able to serve in the military and that they should not be denied employment because of their sexual preference.

In the end, who are we to judge? We have all done things in our lives that are contrary to the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church. And, all of us have to answer for those things when we make it to the Eternal Jerusalem. So, let’s continue to be compassionate and merciful and continue to live in the example of Jesus because we don’t know when we will be asked to answer for our actions.

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