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What does the catechism say about homosexuality

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Every human being is called to receive a gift of divine sonship, to become a child of God by grace. However, to receive this gift, we must reject sin, including homosexual behavior—that is, acts intended to arouse or stimulate a sexual response regarding a person of the same sex.

The Catholic Church teaches that such acts are always violations of divine and natural law.

Homosexual desires, however, are not in themselves sinful. People What does the catechism say about homosexuality by homosexual desires, like people tempted by improper heterosexual desires, are not sinning until they act upon those desires in some manner.

The rejection of homosexual behavior that is found in the Old Testament is well known. In Genesis 19, two angels in disguise visit the city of Sodom and are offered hospitality and shelter by Lot. During the night, the men of Sodom demand that Lot hand over his guests for homosexual intercourse. Lot refuses, and the angels blind the men of Sodom. Lot and his household escape, and the town is destroyed by fire "because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord" Gen.

But today, certain homosexual activists promote the idea that the sin of Sodom was merely a lack of hospitality. Jude 7 records that Sodom and Gomorrah "acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust.

Lot even offered his two virgin daughters in place of his guests, but the men of Sodom rejected the offer, preferring homosexual sex over heterosexual sex Gen. Ezekiel does allude to a lack of hospitality in saying that Sodom "did not aid the poor and needy" Ezek. But the Sodom incident is not the only time the Old Testament deals with homosexuality.