Homosexuality/My Relationships/Sex and Chastity

God’s Divine Design: The Church and Homosexuality

Editor’s Note: This was a talk given at the Life Teen Leadership Conference for Catholic teens to help them understand the depth and the beauty of the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

No matter how popular, or unpopular it is, the Church only wants the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. But why is the Catholic teaching on homosexuality the “greatest good?” Because it’s God’s plan for us, which can be found in natural law.

It can be confusing though, and we know that you have a lot of questions. Like . . .

  • What is God’s plan for our sexuality?
  • What does the Church teach about homosexuality and gay marriage?
  • What do you do if your friend tells you they struggle with same-sex attraction?
  • What’s the difference (for the purpose of marriage) in someone who has a homosexual inclination and someone who’s infertile?
  • Is the Church denying love to people who struggle with same-sex attraction?

This is an important topic to understand right now. For the answers to these questions and more, just press play on the audio clip at the bottom of this post. These truths are not easy to understand, but you’re awesome for pursuing the truth . . . it only brings freedom.

'If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Homosexuality:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, 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 gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.


About the Author

Fr. Dan Beeman

Father Dan Beeman is the pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia and a priest of the Diocese of Richmond.  On Twitter, @inthelineofmel.