Writer states that gay marriage contradicts natural law; it does not have the primary purpose of marriage in mind: procreation

Dear Editor,

Many people are confused about Pope Francis’ recent statement about homosexuality. I suggest that in order to understand what he really meant, a few distinctions must be made. Homosexuality is defined as attraction to people of one’s own sex. This desire is similar to other temptations such as sexual promiscuity, greed, gluttony, etc. This is wrong because God did not make anyone homosexual in the same way that God did not make anyone adulterers or thieves or destined to be obese. In addition, homosexuality is not a genetic disorder. There is simply no scientific evidence for that claim.

Relativism is often appealed to when homosexuality is refuted. It is the belief that there are no absolute truths. The argument goes that, since there are no absolute truths, no one can prove homosexuality is wrong. But relativism is self-referentially incoherent because relativists believe relativism to be an absolute truth. There are absolute truths about everything, including homosexuality. Relativism is merely used as a justification of homosexuality.

The Arlingtonian article misconstrued the Pope’s comment on homosexuality to indicate a change in Catholic teaching. The Pope said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” But this statement is completely consistent with two thousand years of Catholic tradition. The Catholic Church has never promoted people judging people. Jesus Christ Himself said, “Judge not, that you not be judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged” (Mt. 7:1-2 RVS-CE). Pope Francis was merely saying that God is the ultimate judge of all people, and he is not the judge. Furthermore, the article quotes Junior Michaela Edmonds saying, “I don’t think that the state, the church, or anyone can tell you who you can fall in love with.” I disagree. As Shakespeare said, a bird may love a fish, but where would they live? Natural law takes precedence over civil law. Even if civil law tolerates homosexual marriage, natural law does not.

The Catholic Church has always taught love the sinner, hate the sin. We are all sinners and in need of grace. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Homosexuals must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (CCC 2358). We should strive to always identify and renounce all vices, not argue that some vices are normal and convince others as well. Helping to educate our fellow homosexual brothers and sisters about acting on these desires in fact is an act of love.

Pope Francis’ words and actions greatly exemplify Saint Francis, his namesake, and most importantly, Jesus’ inclusivity and love for all of us sinners. This should not be misinterpreted or used to promote lifestyles that have always been contrary to the Catholic Church.

Benjamin Shehadi

St. Charles sophomore