Monday, April 6, 2015
A CATHOLIC SPEAKS (OR WRITES IF YOU WANT TO SPLIT HAIRS)
I am a Catholic and this is my take on homosexuality. I believe in the ‘”corporal works of mercy” which Jesus spoke of on the “Sermon on the Mount”
But, we also have the “spiritual works of mercy”
Comfort those who are suffering
Console those who have suffered loss
Forgive those who ask for pardon
Forbear with those who hurt us
Admonish the sinner
Educate the ignorant
One day we will all stand before the Lord and have to give an account of how we fulfilled these directives.
The last two necessarily involve making judgements concerning the actions of others which in this day and age is considered anathema. So, involving homosexuality, we are to admonish this action as is spelled out in our faith as being immoral. But, we are to do it with love and compassion. We are not called to judge the individual, only the actions which we believe are sinful. We have a duty as Christians to do this at the peril of their and our own soul. We should never judge, discriminate or degrade another individual as we are all children loved by God. All we can do is educate the individual on what is the real and absolute truth and let the Holy Ghost perform what it is He does. What we can never know nor judge is the inner motives of others in this respect because God alone knows the hearts of men and this judgement is reserved for Him alone.
-- David Burkovich