My posts “Be Not Confused” are meant as foundational background for the current crisis in the Church; we need a foundation and anchor by which to weather the storms of confusion and disorientation that are sweeping the Church currently.
I will return to those posts but the issue of the Synod requires attention.
The publication of the interim report on the Synod has proven disastrous. People are once again confused. A paragraph in the text suggest that the homosexual orientation “is worthy of valuing” and can “contribute” to the good of the world. These are utterly false.
The Church’s teaching is very clear. The homosexual orientation is an orientation to intrinsically evil acts. Each of those acts is a mortal sin. All that leads up to them participates in their guilt, for it is instrumental to them. All that serves them serves sin. Thus, even the diligence with which one person takes care to attend to another person is subservient to the sin in which they are (or are to be) engaged.
Now, the inclination to acts of this sort, which are unnatural because against reason, cannot be “well ordered”. It is a dis-ordered inclination, because the very object of the act, an act of sodomy, is evil.
Take another evil. Take drunkenness. It is evil to drink to excess. The habit of this is evil. The inclination to this act, developed by habitual action, is hence disordered. Take the man prone to outbursts of temper. His inclination to unjustified anger is a disorder.
No good emanates from such disordered inclinations. Hence, such inclinations cannot found any human right. This is the teaching of the Church herself: “The proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase” in this document.
We must love the person with this inclination. That loves leads us to show to him – as though he needed instruction here – that the inclination is disordered. I say “as though” because people who suffer from this ailment can detect within themselves a disorder. They can sense it and, rightly, be grieved over it. There are success stories of some people overcoming this disorder, and they feel integrated and whole again.
Those who have not or apparently cannot are part of the lot of humans: Those who have inclinations to acts which are evil. About every human being on the face of the earth is part of this lot. And what is the Church’s message to us: Repent of your sins, pick up your Cross like man, and call on God’s aid for endurance. There is hope. One need not plunge oneself into the dark mire of despair. There is another way. There is a light above the cesspool of sin. God will give us the grace to overcome. Only on him can we hope, and he feeds us through His Church.