On Being Gay and Catholic

Mon, 08/14/2006 - 10:07

Official Catholic teaching requires that homosexual people abstain from sex. The Church also teaches that all moral decisions must be based on a well-formed conscience, taking into consideration official Church teachings. To do otherwise would be immoral.

It is our conviction that neither Scripture nor Tradition nor natural law theory nor human science nor personal experience convincingly supports official Catholic teaching about the immorality of homosexual acts. Accordingly, and after much soul-searching, we have formed consciences that respectfully differ from official Church teaching and believe our spiritual health depends upon the formation of intimate relationships. In this respect we are not unlike many married couples who do not accept the official teaching on contraception.

We believe we can hold this position and remain faithful to the essence of the Gospel and the liturgical and sacramental traditions of the Catholic Church but because of this position, Dignity Chapters are, for the most part, forbidden to meet on Church property.