Monday, 18 July 2016
Homosexuality and the Church.
Without getting involved in the interpretation of relevant passages in the Bible, I would suggest that the relationship of homosexuality to the modern Church rests on the issue of homosexual orientation.
Most people now accept that some people are born with a homosexual orientation. This means that they are sexually attracted to people of the same sex.
If we accept this then their same-sex attraction is natural to them and not an aberration. Therefore it is not immoral.
Same-sex attraction can be observed in the animal kingdom as well as in humans.
This directly contradicts St. Paul and others who claim that it is purely a human perversion - that they are heterosexuals behaving wickedly. And it supports the argument that homosexuality is natural - part of the diversity of God's good creation.
Therefore homosexuality is good.
And it should be treated in exactly the same way as heterosexuality, opening the way to leadership and marriage in the Church.
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