Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Homosexuality: Pope Puts Stress on Gender Roles

Pope Benedict has called for "an ecology of the human being." Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction. He explained that defending God's creation was not limited to saving the environment, but also protecting man from self-destruction.

The pope was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff. His words, later released to the media, emphasised his total rejection of gender theory. Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race.

Gender Theory
Gender theory explores sexual orientation, the roles assigned by society to individuals according to their gender, and how people perceive their biological identity. Gay and transsexual groups, particularly in the United States, promote it as a key to understanding and tolerance, but the pope disagreed. When the Roman Catholic Church defends God's Creation, "it does not only defend the earth, water and the air... but (it) also protects man from his own destruction," the pope said.

"If tropical forests deserve our protection, humankind... deserves it no less," the 81-year-old pontiff said, calling for "an ecology of the human being." It is not "outmoded metaphysics" to urge respect for the "nature of the human being as man and woman," he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican's sumptuous Clementine Hall. The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.



Anonymous said...

Hello: I don't know who you are, as there is no "about me" link on this blog that I can find. I stumbled across your blog while researching thoughts for my homily for this weekend's Feast of the Holy Family. As a priest, and a gay man, I must say that I feel sorry that you are not able to accept yourself as God made you to be. The understanding of homosexuality by the "official" Church is wrong; though thankfully there are countless millions of clergy (including bishops), religious men and women, and lay people who recognize and accept that one's sexual orientation is a gift from God -- regardless of what that orientation is. I hope you are able to come to accept that your sexuality is not a "condition," but rather a gift from God. Peace! - Fr. Tim

GoingStraight said...

Hi Fr. Tim

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

Well, first of all, I don't believe that God made me homosexual. I still believe He created me a man.

You know father it is lamentable that many religious and priests know little about what the Catholic Church's stand on homosexuality and fewer still are aware that the Church is ministering to us (people with same sex attraction) through an apostolate called Courage (

As far as I know, the Church calls everyone (including homosexuals) to a life of chastity and fidelity to the teachings of the Gospel. I dont support the gay lifestyle if that is what you mean by being sorry about me. I dont believe in it.