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?