It is both heartbreaking and troubling that I felt the need to post about this, but an otherwise orthodox Catholic blogger recently came out as Gay. He made it clear that he was proud to be 'out' and did not appreciate nor include any such qualifications as "struggling but chaste" or anything similar. Rather, he said we all understand what coming 'out' as Gay means. When I asked him if he was still Catholic, he responded somewhat offended that this question is so often on the minds of people when they hear the news. I simply asked him because I've know people who went down that path and ended up abandoning Christianity in favor of the Gay lifestyle. Unfortunately, it has become common to push the limits with identifying oneself as "Catholic AND Gay," but this trend is dangerous to the souls of all who are involved.
The problem can most easily be recognized in the terminology used. When one identifies as "Gay," that is a public profession that they endorse homosexual culture. I use the term "culture" here because there is a very real homosexual lifestyle that is included when one identifies as Gay, and this lifestyle influences how a homosexual lives every aspect of their life. This is not to say all homosexuals are the same, but rather that there are patterns of living that are common to them all. For example, concepts such as chastity, marriage, procreation, and virtue are non-existent in that culture. This in turn undermines the whole moral order, both on the level of natural law as well as divine law. This is not to say all homosexuals want moral anarchy or that they're all criminals or evil, but rather that this philosophy naturally undermines the moral order as a whole and always leads to spiritual ruin and despair. It doesn't matter how strong of a Catholic one is, if they're spending regular time around people who are unashamedly homosexual, the Gay lifestyle will certainly overpower any resolve they have. One must be instructed to flee the near occasion of sin, not engulf oneself in it and act as if they can handle the temptation!
The traditional and proper view of homosexuality is that it is a physiological and spiritual disorder, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church is quite plain on this matter:
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,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 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. 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 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.
These paragraphs are very plain that one cannot identify as Gay and a Christian, since the acts are gravely depraved (both physiologically and spiritually) and the mindset is one of a psychological disorder. This is very different from someone either publicly or privately affirming they struggle with this disorder, making it clear it is a disorder that they wish to fight and not succumb to. I believe the modern day homosexual epidemic arises from three societal problems, which I'll focus on next.
First is the contraceptive mindset in which procreation is completely severed from sexual relations themselves. Where as nature shows us that marital relations are centered around bringing new life into the world in a stable environment, the passions arising from original sin have turned the sexual appetite into one of self-pleasuring. The contraceptive mentality has all but cemented the depraved idea that sexual relations are purely recreational, which leaves one with no principled basis to oppose homosexuality, masturbation, or fornication. In fact, it can be said that in essence masturbation and contraception are synonymous, which is why the Church has condemned masturbation as a grave sin as well. This means that the Church has just as much of a duty to council society against the error and dangers of masturbation as much as the error and dangers of homosexuality. In reality, both involve very hard struggles that cannot be trivialized without severe damage to souls and society at large.
Second, while many rush to downplay or deny the connection, a very large percentage of homosexuals came from broken homes or suffered child abuse. As a result, they were improperly formed and now seek love and acceptance in the wrong places. Clearly, the damage that divorce does to most children (causing them to spiral off into their own sins) is only compounded when it comes to suffering abuse or neglect (often resulting in the disordered homosexual passions). One example I've seen is when homosexual couples end up taking on the roles of 'husband and wife', despite the fact they're both the same gender. And the very reason why there is a 'low-class' end of society is because this is the area of society where people can come and exchange sex for acceptance, which in turn causes the enslavement and ruin of many poor souls.
Third, since so much of this epidemic is conditioned on society paving the way for it, this means that the last phase of the epidemic is to get it formally normalized. If we cannot say divorce and contraception and masturbation are wrong, then we certainly don't have any firm basis to say homosexuality is wrong. And if that's the case, then one should not be discriminated against for being Gay, meaning laws and textbooks can be put in place to grant homosexuals equal dignity rights. Once this happens, it will only lead to the confusing of more and more people, opening up to them the Gay lifestyle as one to be embraced or at least respected, which is why we're in the state we're in today. Think about it: how can the President be opposed to homosexual marriage when he looks and sees that it is just as contraceptive and divorce ridden as regular marriages today are?
Common sense and the Wisdom of the Church are clear that nobody can be happy living in sin, especially when engulfed in the homosexual lifestyle. Many can delude themselves into thinking they're happy, but the honest ones who have left will tell you they were never really happy and covered their sorrows with drugs and alcohol. Hope and Love only come through that long and difficult path of the Cross, which entails the battle to take control of our passions. And this requires some bold preaching by brave Bishops, Priests, and laymen, pointing out how engaging in contraception and masturbation are just as tragic epidemics today as homosexuality.