Deep-Seated Tendencies

Deep-Seated Tendencies

It is disingenuous to suggest that the meaning of “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” is unclear. Surely tendencies which are considered to define one’s very being as a person are deep-seated; therefore, any man who identifies himself as a homosexual has “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” and should not enter (or have entered) seminary.

Furthermore, to assert that the Catholic Church “teaches that homosexuals do not choose their condition” (as Fr John Dietzen writes in his column printed in the July 13th issue of the Catholic Virginian, page 7) is misleading. While the 1994 english version of The Catechism of the Catholic Church had as the second sentence of #2358: They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial, this was explicitly corrected by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1997 to read This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.

As then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger commented ‘the catechism does not presume to know the origin of homosexuality. “We have left room for all the hypotheses … whether it is innate or developed under certain circumstances.” ‘

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