Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How Do I Know That Bishop De Angelis Is Not Discriminating Against Jim Corcoran

Because Bishop De Angelis knows the Church Teachings on Homosexuality and Follows Them

From Catholic Answers here is some of the Catholic teaching on Homosexuality summarised starting with the introduction:
Every human being is called to receive a gift of divine sonship, to become a child of God by grace. However, to receive this gift, we must reject sin, including homosexual behavior—that is, acts intended to arouse or stimulate a sexual response regarding a person of the same sex. The Catholic Church teaches that such acts are always violations of divine and natural law.

Homosexual desires, however, are not in themselves sinful. People are subject to a wide variety of sinful desires over which they have little direct control, but these do not become sinful until a person acts upon them, either by acting out the desire or by encouraging the desire and deliberately engaging in fantasies about acting it out. People tempted by homosexual desires, like people tempted by improper heterosexual desires, are not sinning until they act upon those desires in some manner.
Although there is much more worth reading, the conclusion is important:The Catholic Church thus teaches:
"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" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357).

However, the Church also acknowledges that "[homosexuality’s] psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. . . . The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. 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. 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 that they may encounter from their condition.

"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" (CCC 2357– 2359).

Paul comfortingly reminds us, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Cor. 10:13).

Homosexuals who want to live chastely can contact Courage, a national, Church-approved support group for help in deliverance from the homosexual lifestyle.

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This plus what I omitted is what Bishop De Angelis believes and it does not in any way discriminate against Jim Corcoran. The Bishop was asking Jim Corcoran to step down to not put a stumbling block in front of the other parishioners because of their faith not his, as I wrote here. But, of course, the man appears too thick to think that it is not all about him, and so on and on and on we go.

Bishop De Angelis loves Jim Corcoran as a son in Christ, and respects his choice of a life of celibacy, knowing how difficult it is for him to make that choice. He too has made that choice. He probably has a little more difficulty with his stubbornness and recalcitrance with his running off to the Ontario HRC. However, this too shall pass.

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