- Each month the team working on this catechism presents you
with two texts, and we hope that with your help and cooperation
they will improve. Any suggestions you may have would be most
welcome, as would ideas on subject matter.
- We look forward to hearing from you.
When someone realises that they are homosexual it comes as
a shock, a wound and often means solitude; whether the discovery
is made during adolescence, in adult life or even once the person
has married. It is not easy to find someone that will listen
and talk among those who are closest.
- To live one's life while respecting one's humanity, to be
a citizen while wanting to be an active part of society, to want
to live one's faith in the heart of the Church, cannot be taken
- Intolerance is damning. Discrimination is destructive. Attitudes
- In various countries, Amnesty International has denounced
the repression of homosexuals. It is not by chance that totalitarian
regimes make them "outlaws" and persecute them without
The condition of being a homosexual remains an enigma and
often also a taboo, both for society and for the Churches. Sexual
differentiation is essential. It gives structure to society.
In the Bible, it is the human being, masculine and feminine,
who is created in the image of God. Sexuality only takes on meaning
when it signifies the welcoming and the respect of the other.
After the coming of Jesus, we know that the love of God does
not exclude anybody. Those who are wounded are God's favourites.
Homosexuals are not condemned but rather loved by God.
- The sign of the rainbow is rising up, as the symbol of homosexual
assertion. Gays and lesbians are pleading for the recognition
of their rights.
- Homosexual Christians give are witnesses of real and faithful
love, as well as of a living and fraternal faith.
- If Christian communities do not wholly welcome those who
feel excluded, they are refusing openness and of a better understanding
of the Gospel.