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Argus Leader inaccurate on Catholicism & Homosexuality

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:49 am

I was surprised by today’s Argus Leader.


I was NOT surprised to hear that a varsity high school coach was coming out as gay.


I was NOT surprised to hear that this coach worked at a Catholic school-though I had no prior knowledge. I knew it was just a matter of time before such a story came to the forefront in South Dakota.


I WAS surprised that the Argus Leader would be so flippant and simplistic with it’s description of Catholicism and Homosexuality. Such a serious issue and such a prominent issue in today’s public square deserves much more serious than: “a faith that rejects homosexuality.”


Perhaps the author, Jill Callison didn’t have time. Perhaps the editor cut out information. Either way, twice saying things so simply is damaging.


Such a statement is deficient and detrimental to public conversation. The Catholic Church disapproves of ANY and ALL sexual activity outside of marriage. The Catholic Church loves and cares for those who sin in every way. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Under no circumstances can [homosexual acts] be approved.” (paragraph 2357). At the same time the Catechism teaches: “This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” (paragraph 2358).


If you want a fuller treatment on this important issue, see this homily I gave on the Church’s teaching on homosexuality in the past, on the occasion of President Obama’s speech from May of 2012. Interestingly, I wasn’t supposed to have much time to give my homily that day but providence allowed me to give a full homily.


An even better treatment of living with same-sex attraction as a witness to the world to the nature of love was made today by Eve Tushnet in an amazing article written today. There is an amazing opportunity to give witness to the world. I pray this young man from Dell Rapids might choose that opportunity.


The lesson as always: Church teaching doesn’t reduce to a sound bite.


[Edited to add Eve Tushnet article shortly after publishing. Edited to correct title- “inaccurate” vs. “in accurate”- thanks to a reader]

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