Selections from
TO LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS:
A PASTORAL REFLECTION
on the MORAL LIFE
(Nov. 11th, 1976):
 

 U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops


A Statement of the [U.S.] National Conference of Catholic Bishops November 11, 1976


52. SOME persons find themselves through no fault of their own to have a homosexual orientation. Homosexuals, like everyone else, should not suffer from prejudice against their basic human rights. They have a right to respect, friendship, and justice. They should have an active role in the Christian community.

Homosexual activity, however, as distinguished from homosexual orientation, is morally wrong. Like heterosexual persons, homosexuals are called to give witness to chastity, avoiding, with God's grace, behavior which is wrong for them, just as nonmarital sexual relations are wrong for heterosexuals.

Nonetheless, because heterosexuals can usually look forward to marriage, and homosexuals, while their orientation continues, might not, the Christian community should provide them a special degree of pastoral understanding and care.

 

 

 

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