Homosexuals Suffer Most From Denial Of Original Sin

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is out showing that support for same-sex marriage has hit new highs. The same survey identifies the reason—62 percent of respondents considered homosexual desires to be “just the way a person it is.” It’s a misunderstanding of that which is driving the rising support for same-sex marriage, and underscores the long road the Catholic Church in the United States has in front of it in restoring culture, from which law follows.

The question of whether homosexual desires are something was born with is not the issue. The issue is whether homosexual acts—and thereby marriage—are natural. To answer that question, just ask yourself what would happen if everyone was homosexual—the human species would die out. That would strike me as unnatural.

The reality of life in this world is that we have attractions and passions that are, in varying degrees, unnatural and not the way God intended us to live. The Catholic Church would call that the consequences of original sin. I believe that gays and lesbians don’t control their attractions. What I don’t agree with is the belief that this therefore makes it natural.

It’s analogous to alcoholism. No one knows why some people seem to be wired in a way that when you have one beer it invariably leads to a case. The answer society offers is the correct one—to seek help and to live sober. Thankfully our society has mostly grown past the notion that alcohol abuse comes from a weak will and come to recognize it as an illness. It’s handled in the way it should be handled—with compassion, with respect, but with a firm belief that getting beyond the affliction is the way to live.

Unfortunately, we have not progressed as far when it comes to homosexual inclinations. The reality is that homosexual acts take a grave toll on those who commit them, the exposure to STDs being the most publicized, and including heightened chances of syphilis and hepatitis. I don’t consider this “God’s retribution”. I consider it the natural consequences of unnatural acts. The answer society has given those who struggle with homosexual affliction is tantamount to giving an alcoholic a case of beer—telling them, in effect, we won’t help you past your affliction, we’ll instead feed it.

The effects of normalizing unnatural behavior affects everyone, but the first people it affects are those who struggle with their afflictions. They really aren’t being given adequate answers by anyone, and that’s where the Catholic Church has to continue to find its voice—to articulate both the doctrine of original sin as an explanation for the disorder, and the grace poured out through the sacraments and the Gospel as the way to heal, recover and live normally.

The secular answer of “do whatever your passions tell you” is winning the argument right now, because it’s practicioners have been working at a long time, planting the cultural seeds that have put them on the verge of a political victory. If the poll numbers are right—and in spite of the bias at The Post & ABC, I imagine they’re pretty close—than even if California’s gay marriage ban is upheld by the Supreme Court, more states are going to continue to legalize the practice.

But what if the Catholic Church and its practicioners make the same sort of commitment to settle in for the long haul, to plant the seeds that will eventually lead to a restoration of the natural law. We’re losing the battle at the highest levels today, because we lost at the grass roots twenty and thirty years ago. The flip side is that the battle for the victories of thirty years’ hence is just beginning.  Save the life and soul of the individual gay person. From there save the culture, and eventually let that settle into law.

Dan Flaherty is the author of Fulcrum, an Irish Catholic novel set in postwar Boston with a traditional Democratic mayoral campaign at its heart, and he is the editor-in-chief of TheSportsNotebook.com


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  • JackB

    What a title: “Homosexuals “suffer” most from denial and original sin”. Mr. Flaherty has tipped his Catholic hand. I thought, ever so blindly, that the church accepted homosexuals, just not their acts. That tells me that the church rejects the idea of “denial”. They were born that way.

    Likewise, if a homosexual baby is properly baptized are they not of God’s kingdom?

  • Chris

    “I always those supporting same sex marriage a few questions like, ‘If it is natural, why do 70-80% of the AIDS cases occur in gay men?’

    First of all, 68% of all deaths from AIDS occur in sub-Saharan Africa; the vast majority of those infected there are heterosexual men and women.

    Secondly, the laws of nature and biology dictate that infectious diseases can be spread from one person to another. If being gay is un-natural, then the laws of biology wouldn’t apply and our infection rate would be 0%. :-p

    Third, what does AIDS have to do with marriage? Lesbians have the lowest STD infection rates of anybody in the United States, straight, gay or bi.
    The talking point: “We can’t allow the gays to get married because AIDS!!” doesn’t seem to apply to lesbians at all.

    Fourth, IV-drug users aside, the only married men I’ve ever heard of who got infected were closeted “straight” men in sham marriages who stepped outside of those marriages and acquired the disease through careless sexual behavior, and usually infected their unsuspecting wives in the process. Are you ready to ban straight marriage because of that?

    If your sole intent is to lower the HIV infection rate, then you should support marriage equality. :)

  • rbaron

    My problem with the alcoholism analogy is that its an argument that contains the seeds of its own destruction. Some drinkers of alcohol can not control their habit and must abstain from drinking., but banning all drinking for the actions of a few didn’t work out here in the U.S, and there isn’t much of a movement for it today. We focus on those individuals who are out of control.

    It seems as if some gay men over indulge, but that doesn’t seem to hold true for all of them. Just like we reject the notion that all drinkers all alcoholics, why not reject the notion that all gay men (and women who seem to be neglected in the post) are sex addicts?

    • Joe M

      rbaron. Homosexual behavior isn’t banned. I’m not aware of any group that is calling for that on a legal level.

  • Charley

    Pray for those that seek to defend the sin of homosexual acts.

    Fight for the defense of marriage between one man and one woman.

    Forgive those that have trespassed against us.

  • Sull

    I always those supporting same sex marriage a few questions like, “If it is natural, why do 70-80% of the AIDS cases occur in gay men?” Many gay males have 2-3 sex partners a day,is that normal?” I heard a person who came outof this lifestyle inform me of this rampant promiscuity many years ago and was shocked how bad it was.



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