Fourteen U.S. Catholic bishops, one of whom is a cardinal, have signed a statement in support of young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”
Nearly 150 religious orders, colleges, parishes, and associations, many Catholic, have signed on to the declaration. The list advises Catholics struggling to be obedient to the Church’s perennial teachings. However, some clergy, parishes, and schools see no issue with the normalization of homosexuality within the Church, as reported by LifeSiteNews.
The argument boldly implies that God developed same-sex attraction in humans and that it is good and normal.
“Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side,” the statement reads.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation is named after an 18-year-old man who committed suicide in 2010. His university roommate filmed him engaging in homosexual acts with another student and then publicly released the video.
“Without Tyler’s knowledge, his roommate secretly pointed his computer’s camera at Tyler’s bed, left the room, and invited other students online to watch Tyler in a most private, intimate act with another man,” states the foundation’s website about the event.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are one of the four serious sins that cry to Heaven for Vengeance. According to the Catholic Church’s Catechism, “basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2357).
Furthermore, the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual inclination is “objectively disordered,” since God developed sexual desire to bring a man and a woman together to become husband and wife in marriage. To put it another way, the Catholic Church teaches that God does not create homosexuals.
The Church teaches that those who commit gravely sinful acts with complete knowledge and consent endanger their relationship with God and face eternal separation. All sinners are called to repentance and to experience the mercy of God.