I Am Now Engaged in Hate Speech

I am now going to engage in “hate speech”.

Not too long ago, it would have been considered unremarkable to speak about homosexuality and homosexual conduct in moral terms, and to accept the universal social understanding of marriage as between one man and one woman only.

Those days are coming to an end.

Our society is now engaged in a massive effort to re-define fundamental truths about the human person. What was wrong is being re-defined as right, and what was unacceptable is now being re-defined as desirable. And those who proclaim these traditional views are being re-defined as “haters”, with legal consequences to follow.

Well, here goes anyway.

God created human sexuality for a purpose. We are created as male and female, complementary and equal, and our sexual union is meant to have profound meaning — it is an embodiment of the life-long communion of persons in marriage, it is designed to be the means of bringing new life into the world, and it serves as a sign of God’s own self-giving love for us. Our sexual desire was intended to call us into that life-long, life-giving one-flesh union of marriage, in which man and woman are “naked without shame”.

Any sexual act or sexual desire that doesn’t fit that meaning and purpose is not in keeping with God’s plan for our sexuality, and is thus not ordered to the proper end of sexuality. So, acts like adultery, masturbation, contraception, and same-sex conduct are not in God’s plan. They are, in the theological term of art, “disordered”, because they do not lead us to the proper goals of sexuality as intended by God.

In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,

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. (2357)

There, I said it. Now I am officially on record as being a “hater”.

I am in good company. Virtually all of the religious denominations in the United States adheres to the traditional and Scriptural view that disappoves of non-marital sexual conduct. Of the major world religions, the universal consensus is that homosexual acts are morally unacceptable. Yet, those inconvenient facts don’t stop our culture from dumping the teaching of all these religions into the category of “hate speech”.

But is it “hate” to speak God’s truth, even though it may be uncomfortable? Or is it actually love? Listen to what the Catechism goes on to say:

[Homosexual persons] 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. 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. (2358-59)

Every one of us is called to live this same life of chastity. Groups like Courage help persons with same-sex attraction to strive for that ideal. It’s the same ideal we call people to in our marriage preparation and natural family planning classes. It’s not easy to live up to God’s plan. But that doesn’t authorize us to define the ideal down to the level of our weakness.

What the world now calls “hate”, God calls love. No matter what society’s politically correct forces say, I’d rather be with God on this one.

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