The letter was subtitled “Homosexualitatis problema”. In it, and to the surprise of many Catholics, Ratzinger said that Homosexual acts are sinful. “Homosexualitatis Problema” concludes with two wonderful verses from Scripture : “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn. One of the nastier tricks of Vatican rhetoric, especially as displayed in “ Homosexualitatis Problema”, is the uneven manner in which (approved).

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How easy it it would be to lament the condition of the heterosexual male, intent only on self-indulgent sensual gratification, as demonstrated in the ubiquity of prostitution and pornography.

Or, we could consider the one-sided nature of the institution of traditional marriage, marked by patriarchal domination, an expectation that male sexual needs should always be met, a disregard for the need or sometimes even the possibility of female sexual pleasure, and sometimes even domestic violence and marital rape.

I am quite willing to accept that there must be many sound heterosexual relationships really are founded on genuine loving partnerships, based on equality of the partners.

Logically, I am sure it is quite as possible for heterosexual marriages to be as emotionally healthy for both partners as homoerotic relationships. Instead, I want to look at the other side of the comparison, at the quality of the love found in so many male couples, love which homosexualitqtis Vatican resolutely fails to acknowledge.


In caring for my lover I came to understand the tautological relationship between God and love. I was touched homosexualitatix the literal hand of god, for this is what love is, in a way as real as I expected to encounter in this life.

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John McNeill has often written of the importance of his own partner, Charles, and how important each has been to the other in the differing kinds of support they offer, and the sacrifices they have made for each other. Problrma, this, McNeill performs his act of love without question; he is committed to Charlie for better or for worse.

If, on the other hand, he fell in love and moved in with a man, he would be denied absolution until he broke off the relationship. This is how he experienced his own coming to terms with his homosexuality as a Catholic: What of those who have attempted to live fully within church teaching? Some few, especially some of the priests, have successfully accepted the charism of celibacy.

Excluded From God’s People: The Problem with “Homosexualitatis Problema”

However, as we know from St Paul, not everyone is granted this charism. Problrma those who do not possess it, compulsory celibacy is simply oppressive:. Without the charism, the requirement is no longer life-enhancing, but rather death-dealing. It relies on an artificial separation of doing and being gay, and transforms into a bare bones order of abstinence — a suffering to be offered up, a cross to bear.


Abstinence even from recognition, acknowledgement, family. This was the case with the Canadian altar server, prob,ema remains unable to serve because he is living openly with a man, even though he insists that the relationship is celibate.

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

This denial of love which Sullivan describes has lead many men into destructive marriages, or to suicide, or to both. Indeed they are, and telling and sharing our stories are sacramental acts. Vatican doctrine on sexuality is dry, abstract, entirely theoretical — and not based on sound premises. Telling our stories, speaking the truth in love, as the Vatican itself urges us to homosecualitatis, is the one simple thing that every gay Catholic can do to contribute over time to the building of a new, sounder and reality- based sexual theology.

Geography Of The Heart. Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair.

Finding God in Gay Lovemaking. For those who do not possess it, compulsory celibacy is simply oppressive: Virtually Normal Previous posts: