Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church is one of the few, if not the only, institutions that truly LOVES homosexuals and respects their dignity as a human person. So this post is meant to explain what the Church really says about homosexuality and what the homosexual's mission is as part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
No one knows for certain the reason for the existence of persons with a homosexual tendency, but the Church teaches that every human being is desired and infinitely loved by God, having been created to fulfill a mission in this world, to one day to enjoy eternal happiness with his Creator.
To be happy both in this life and in eternity, we must try to discover this mission, this plan of love and seek to put it into practice. One of the ways to achieve this is to look at our nature, our temperament, what motivates us, what excites us. God created us with some characteristics and some gifts to enable us to fulfill this mission. We need to develop them, and also to try to stone those imperfections, to fight against our defects, with everything that prevent us from fulfilling that mission.
I believe that homosexuals have a beautiful and great mission for our world today. Our society is centered only on the pursuit of personal pleasure, on individual fulfillment, without concern for the well-being of the other. If it's good for me, I should do it, no matter if it hurts who's on my side. And all advertising and consumption stimulation treats humans as mere animals that can not control their desires and must satisfy them, otherwise they will be unhappy.
This is a great disrespect for human dignity. Of course we have desires and many of them are fair and can be satisfied, but the "good" must always prevail over “what feels good." It is our intelligence that needs to distinguish what will do us good, then dominate the will and instincts that often want only what feels good, what gives us pleasure.
The Church has always shown the harm that a homosexual relation can bring to the person, either to physical health (because the sexual organs were not meant to be used as they are in a same-sex relationship) as to emotional health. Just look at the surveys on depression and suicide rates, including those who have had surgery for sex change, to see that it is not simply following your instinct that the person will be happy.
Thus, what the Church teaches and asks of homosexuals is that they abstain from the practice of sexual intercourse, because even though it may be pleasurable, it does not do good for the person. At no point does she condemn the homosexual person or say that she needs to stop being homosexual, because it goes far beyond the will.
In fact, the request to live chastity is not limited to homosexuals. The Church asks this to all the faithful who are not married, because sexual intercourse is extremely sublime and sacred, since it is through sexual intercourse that God creates new immortal souls! So it must be done only between a man and a woman united by the sacrament of matrimony who can welcome and educate this new life.
The author of the book "Homosexuality and Truth", Philippe Ariño, a young French homosexual, in an interview given to the ACI Group, affirms that the Church, more than ever, needs the homosexuals who live the chastity, to defend it in the today's world: "What matters is that they welcome us not only because they should welcome us, but also because we are the best present shields of the Church. (...) I mean, the Church is now attacked through homosexuality, using homosexual people. So if the spearhead of anticlericalism is homosexuality, you need us, homosexuals continents. "
In addition, he points out, "we are suitable guardians of the sacraments. For if the Catholic sacraments are allowed to homosexual persons who practice their homosexuality, the sacrament of marriage, confession, the Eucharist and even the priesthood are no longer recognized. " "That is, homosexual people, even if it seems a lie, because we are weak, we are the best defenders of the priests and the Church"
Then there is the call for homosexual Catholics to take up this mission inside and outside the Church, living their life as a gift for others, drawing strength from the sacraments and offering this difficult renunciation of the carnal pleasure for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of immortals souls.