Amoris Laetitia 250: On Same-Sex Attraction

amoris laetitia memeToday, a topic with which we in organized religion have our struggles:

250. The Church makes her own the attitude of the Lord Jesus, who offers his boundless love to each person without exception.(Misericordiae Vultus, 12)

As long as a person lives–at least that long–the mercy of Christ is a possibility.

During the Synod, we discussed the situation of families whose members include persons who experience same-sex attraction, a situation not easy either for parents or for children. We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided,(Catechism 2358; cf. Relatio Finalis 2015, 76) particularly any form of aggression and violence. Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives.(Ibid.)

The list of do’s: respect, considerate treatment, guidance, assistance for their life’s mission … and don’t’s: discrimination, aggression, violence.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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