Today’s post is from guest blogger Roy Bourgeois, a former Roman Catholic priest and the author of My Journey From Silence to Solidarity. Bourgeois is a nationally-known speaker on conscience and church reform. He founded the School of the Americas Watch, which holds an annual protest against the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
Homophobia, according to Webster’s dictionary, is “the irrational hatred or fear of homosexuals.”
According to the official teaching of the Catholic Church, as stated in its Catechism, section 2357:The language we use breeds hatred and fear, which often leads to violence. It’s time to disarm hatred and fear. A good place to start is with church teachings.
“Basing itself on Sacred Scriptures, 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 gif of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
This teaching instills shame and self-hatred. It has contributed to gay people being rejected by their families, fired from their jobs, bullied, and even killed.
Throughout history, the Bible and “tradition” have been used to justify discrimination. The Bible was used to support slavery, as it was used to oppose the right of women to vote.
Source: Bondings 2.0