“God Doesn’t Have Wrath Towards Gay People”

In browsing Australian sites this morning, I ran across this video feature of Fr James Alison speaking of the nature of homosexuality and Catholicism. It’s only 9.6 minutes, but as a thought-provoking bit for your Monday, very much worth it.

Fr Alison’s question, what is the purpose of gay people, makes for fascinating discussion as he suggests. I’m not sure there are always answers to queries of that sort.

My own take is that human beings have transcended evolution in that we are now masters of our environment, not slaves to it. Our physical nature will change less in the millennia and eons ahead. We will more readily make the world change to suit ourselves.

As for homosexuality, it is a biological reality. It transcends human morality or choice. Alison argues it keeps popping up (though not in those words exactly) and no one has been successful in stamping it out. He does suggest that once gay people are able to live as they are made, they will find fulfillment and their neighbors will benefit from that contribution to human society.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to “God Doesn’t Have Wrath Towards Gay People”

  1. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn says:

    This was great – I would have missed it if not for your posting.

    This issue is the most difficult teaching of the church for me. I am a married heterosexual woman, but let me state clearly that so much of my own return to and life in the church has been in and around gay and lesbian Catholics. In fact my return to the church was very much guided by two Dominican friars who turned out to be gay.

    It is easy to judge and cast out, but is there any benefit to that in the end? I think not. God invites engagement and reconciliation – and to that end, Fr. Alison makes some very, very good points.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    James Alison has been and will continue to be a homilist at my parish whenever he is in the San Francisco area: http://www.mhr.org.
    If you go to his website
    (http://www.jamesalison.co.uk/eng/texts.html), here is the text of one of his homilies there:

    “Homily for BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship (29 April 2007) recorded at Most Holy Redeemer parish, San Francisco, 22 October 2006 (Unabridged).”

    Here is a transcription of the full service, including Alison’s talk.

    Of course, the scummier versions of the British press (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-450991/BBC-broadcast-gay-mass-San-Francisco.htm ) called it a “gay mass” and prominently displayed an image of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in their article. The SPI had absolutely NOTHING to do with any part of Alison’s visit or broadcast. But, hey – salaciousness sells, right?

    Unfortunately it appears that the audio version of his BBC homily is no longer available on the BBC website.

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