Religion and Homosexuality

by Vi-An T on September 20, 2013 - 12:15am

Following my reading the article “Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays” by Eric Marrapodi and Daniel Burke (http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/19/pope-francis-church-cant-interfere-with-gays/?hpt=hp_t1 ) concerning the Catholic Church’s view on homosexuality. This article interested me because of the new elected pope Francis’ different approach to change the Church’s image. Since homosexuality has been a growing movement, I’ve always seen the church’s view to be inaccurate; however, with Pope Francis’ recent comment, I was interested in knowing the reactions to such approach of a less “traditional” view.

The ethical issue for this matter that is raised concerns the Church’s involvement in social issues. Is it right for the Church to be against homosexuality?

Some arguments proposed opposing homosexuality in the catholic religion is mainly because it is considered unnatural. In fact, it has been claimed as unnatural because God created humans in a way so that men and women would reproduce and since our bodies were made for heterosexuality. Therefore, it would be going against the “natural law”.  Also, same-sex relationship is regarded as bad in religion, since the Bible has claimed the nature of homosexuality to be sinful and as good Catholics, the guidelines, which is the Bible, must be followed and respected. Therefore, the Church’s interference with gays is because their actions are going against the Church’s teachings, and anything that goes against the teachings cannot be tolerated.

On the other hand, many oppose the religious view on this matter. As long as the homosexuals continue to follow in faith and the Church, there is no need to be so concerned about these matters.  It was also questioned for misinterpretation of the Bible, since it was not seen mentioned anywhere in it that homosexuality was bad, but rather the matter was no example showing same-sex relationships. The Pope has also mentioned that the Church has no place as to interfere with gays, because there are more pressing matters that need to be resolved rather than being bothered by this but it should only be concerned with the spiritual area of a person.

As I agree with this claim, the purpose of the Church is to act as guidelines to help people live better. The actions of homosexuality are against some teachings, but as long they continue to follow, the orientation of the person should not be a big concern. They are not breaking any doctrine or policies by differing in their sexual preference.

In conclusion, the traditional view of the Church has always been against the idea of homosexuality; however, in a more modern time, the reformed view on this topic to separate the Church from interfering with a person’s sexual orientation. Therefore, I ask you should the Church keep interfering with homosexuals? Or should there be a line drawn on the Church’s involvements? 

Comments

The way in which people approach and consider homosexuality is a topic that is very important to me since two years ago my sister announced her homosexuality. For them, declaring themselves can be quite a challenge for fear of the social reactions it can rise family and friends. In my opinion the church has absolutely no business interfering with homosexuals and how they should live their lives. We have gone a long way since the beginning of Christianity and for a religion to stay viable it has to evolve with the norms and opinions that the new world express. Being homosexual is just part of who we are, it is as ridiculous to exclude and segregate handicapped people for being handicapped as it is to segregate homosexuals. The Church should draw a line where their beliefs cause certain groups to feel rejected and unworthy. As you mentioned, the church should also not be concerned with the individuals own spiritual path and how they live it as homosexuals. Religion should be a guideline, a moral code for which to live by and guide us spiritually and morally to be better people; not to incite hate towards others and strictly dictate what to do.

As for their right to be against homosexuality, well, they are entitled to their choices but I believe that they should evolve with the world around them. Today, homosexuality is finally becoming a more accepted concept within our society. For them to still deny it means, to me, they live in the past and refuse the modernize themselves and accept radical changes for the good of their followers. We have seen such changes in the past; divorce used to be considered against the Bible and was strongly discouraged yet due to its increasing demands the Church has made less pressure to dissuade divorce, unlike other matters like abortion. Why can’t this be the case with homosexuality? However, I am glad that the new pope shows a little more open mind towards thee issues and recognizes them as problems. I hope these beliefs change in the near future so we can have that much more love in this world.
In this topic, I have found another article that relates to the exclusion of gay people in religious institutions and their right to express themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/education/catholic-college-rescinds-in...

In my newsactivism class last semester, I focused a big part of my work on gay rights, so your article was of great interest for me. The church’s view on this subject is one that is often referred to by others to answer the question of why homosexuality is wrong. It is very interesting that the new pope, while he does not say he agrees with homosexuality, does not explicitly say that it is wrong. I think this shows how humans are advancing and becoming more accepting of one another.

I think the Church should not be interfering with homosexuality. It may be said that homosexuality is wrong in the Bible and that it is unnatural, but the Church should not be telling others to not be who they are. Being gay is not something that can be cured, it is part of the person, so it is wrong to tell them not to be themselves and try to change them. It is what is natural for a gay man to love another man. What would be unnatural for them would be to try to be attracted to someone of the opposite sex. It is not the Church’s place to tell people who they should love. The Church should teach people good moral values, not encourage others to be intolerant.

For all the same reasons, it is not right for the Church to be against homosexuality. Yes, they have the right to decide what they accept and do not, but many people are guided by what the Church says, so they should try to teach people to be tolerant. As I said before, it is not their place to tell people who they should and should not love. A major value of the Church is family, so they should encourage loving couples to get married and have a family. They should not be the ones to say that a same-sex couple does not have the same rights as a straight couple.
In February, many republicans, who are often known for homophobic and very religious signed a brief supporting gay marriage. It is very interesting to see that people are growing and becoming more open to differences such as homosexuality.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/prominent-republicans-sign...

About the author