In their semi-annual meeting held in Baltimore in November of this year, the American bishops will be voting on a new document meant to help clarify the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and "those with the homosexual inclination." The document is entitled "Ministry to Persons With a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care"
Catholic News Service reports that the document condemns homosexual activity of any sort but is careful to reinforce the necessity of treating those individuals with a homosexual inclination with "respect, compassion and sensitivity." A similar document was released by the Vatican in 1986.
The current document was authored by the Committee on Doctrine, a sub-committee within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bill Ryan in the Communications Department of the USCCB told LifeSiteNews.com that the document will be debated and possibly revised at the November meeting before it is voted on. 2/3 of the bishops in the USCCB must vote in favor for the document to be accepted and made public.
The document condemns homosexual acts of any kind. It says, "Homosexual acts also violate the true purpose of sexuality. They are sexual acts that cannot be open to life. Nor do they reflect the complementarity of man and woman that is an integral part of God's design for human sexuality."
The document goes on to clearly state that homosexual unions cannot be recognized under any form - either as 'same-sex marriage' or civil unions. Marriage is clearly defined as the union of one man and one woman, "a bond that is directed toward two inseparable ends: the expression of marital love and the procreation and education of children." The document reiterates the Church's teaching that any sexual activity, homosexual or heterosexual, outside of marriage is morally wrong...
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