Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: “Homosexuality & the Bible”

by Steve Ray on July 19, 2012

I was on Catholic Answers Live Friday (7/20/21) to discuss the heated topic of “Homosexuality and the Bible.” The phones really lit up with this topic. Below in green and brown are the questions I answered. (To stream on-line click HERE, for other listening options and podcasts, click HERE.)

There are many who push the gay agenda shouting, “Jesus was not a homophobe!” and “Jesus was nice, not hateful like you Christians.” Now there are “gay theologians” who attempt to prove that Jesus was gay and that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality; rather, they say, the Bible actually approves of homosexuality.

Catholics will need to understand this issue clearly, biblically and with the mind of the Church. We need to defend ourselves, the truth, morality, and the family — and to clearly demonstrate why we oppose the gay lifestyle. At the same time we need to love the sinner while hating the sin.

The Gay Agenda will become more and more of an issue — actually a tyranny of intolerance. Christians, especially Catholics, are already called homophobes, bigots, old fashioned and un-Christlike. Gays do not just want to be accepted and treated equally — they want us to approve of the depravity and to celebrate their perversions. Anything less and you are a bigot!

Here are several articles I’ve written on the topic for further information:

- Was Jesus Homosexual? Some Say “Yes” and Try to Prove it from the Bible?

- “Jesus was not a Homophobe” – Allowing a T-Shirt in School

- More Discussion on Jesus and Homosexuality

- Homosexual Genes in Humans and Animals?

- Interesting article by Angela O’Brian: “Can Two Men Just Be Friends Anymore?”

- Was Jesus Nice?

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live about Homosexuality

1. In the story of Sodom the men want the male messengers to come out so they may “know them.” Is this referring to homosexual activity?

2. Are the Gay Parades and other such events becoming more prevalent and is government starting to promote this kind of thing?

3. How do we respond to the argument that homosexuality is found in nature, and that animals practice it?

4. Can you recommend resources to learn about freedom of speech and how to to learn about defending the Church’s freedom to speak out about homosexuality?

5. What is the best response to my Catholic homosexual brother (and his Catholic partner) who says that if God allowed them to be this way why would he not allow them to live out their lifestyle?

6. I have a homosexual Christian friend who was ready to leave the lifestyle when his gay friends ganged up on him and convinced him to stay living gay. Do you know of any support groups to help people in his situation?

7. Are you familiar with the book Same-sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell? (I had not hear of this book but discovered later it is a huge fraud which is explained by Jimmy Akin’s site below). See also First Things article.

8. How is a person to understand their own sexuality (regardless of orientation) according to the Catholic Church?

The Catechism and Scripture are clear: Here are two paragraphs from the Catechism:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Govern July 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Don’t capitulate but pray for them. Perhaps some have a legitamate cross to bear and are doing it. Others take the easy way out. Whatever, it is not the natural order and we can be kind but not condoning.

Terence M. Stanton July 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

A.M.D.G.

Thank you for preaching the truth in charity, Mr. Ray. I just watched your appearance from last year on “The Journey Home”. You are a loyal son of the Church. God love you, sir.

Mike July 23, 2012 at 3:12 AM

1. In the story of Sodom the men want the mail messengers to come out so they may “know them.” Is this referring to homosexual activity?

The “mail messengers”????

Mike July 23, 2012 at 3:18 AM

More typos.

“At the same time we hope to explain the how we need to love the sinner and hate the sin.”

“Gays do not just want to be accepted and treated equal”
treated equally

jeff July 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Can I get articles on how the christians answers homosexuality

Loren July 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Dear Steve,

May God’s peace be upon you and your family.
I meant to read this article a while ago but now I would have time to do it, and I have to say “A job well-done brother.” (beaming profusely). I read all the articles (I think) because I know that this is one of the major persecuting issues for Catholics as well as true Christians who strive to seek holiness and truth. I attach a weblink which is an interview of Maria Simma, who had encountered visitations from holy souls in purgatory and she would definitely agree with all of what you have said about homosexuality today. It is truly an act of the Evil one. Maria suggested that we should pray to St. Michael to help us in this spiritual warfare. Rest assured that you have my 100% support at all levels. Please continue to speak loudly against these Evilness for God is truly using you to help his children. I will do my part as well of course. I have my Holy Rosary ready Steve ;).

http://www.holysoulscrusade.org/maria-simma3.html

PS: if you scroll to the middle of the page you will find the relevant topic.

Jake Daniels July 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Bible quotes about being gay:
http://holy-bibles.org/search5/homosexual.htm

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