Cardinal Tobin: The language of the catechism is “very unfortunate” on homosexuality


“But isn’t it the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Thompson asked.

“That is to say,” Tobin said, adding “it’s very unfortunate language. Hopefully eventually that language is a little less hurtful.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that homosexual acts are “inherently disordered”, a phrase it also uses to describe other sexual acts taught by the Church as immoral.

The Catechism does not describe homosexual people themselves as “intrinsically disordered”, although it does say that homosexual inclination, as well as other inclinations towards sexual sin, are “objectively disordered”.

In a preceding paragraph, the Catechism says that “sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for its own sake, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes.”

The Catechism adds that “men and women who have deep homosexual tendencies…should be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Any sign of unjust discrimination against them should be avoided. These people are called to do the will of God in their lives. and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Cross of the Lord the difficulties they may encounter because of their condition.”


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