Sunday, October 17, 2004

Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition To Unions Between Homosexual Persons

This is a repost from a few months ago. This doctrinal note has not been mentioned much but reminds Catholics of the Church's teachings on homosexuality.

Why is this document important? It gives Catholic voters this year some guidance given the attention of potential same-sex marriages (SSM) in Massachusetts and actual SSMs in San Francisco.

Some highlights:

...homosexual acts go against the natural moral law...Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts ...

The emphasis is on the act of homosexuality, not homosexuals themselves.

...men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided”

Still,

Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth...clear and emphatic opposition is a duty...

The Note provides some examples of this duty (see paragraph 5).

...absence of sexual complementarity in these unions creates obstacles in the normal development of children...

This is such an important point which so many Christians fail to
realize. What about the children?

In regards to be deprived of certain rights such as hospital visitation...

...they can always make use of the provisions of law - like all citizens from the standpoint of their private autonomy – to protect their rights in matters of common interest.

This Note provides Catholics and all Americans the arguments needed to understand why SSM is immoral and wrong for America.


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