Is denying gay love inhuman?

A Roman Catholic priest justified his relationship with a gay partner with this statement: “It’s time the Church opened its eyes and realized that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman.”

Aside from the fact that Catholic priests aren’t supposed to have a sexual relationship with anyone, is there some truth to the Church denying people love by condemning homosexual acts as a sin?

Paul’s answer in Romans 1 and is surprising: It’s not the Church’s job to condemn anybody for any act, including homosexuals and homosexuality – for three reasons:

Firstly, that condemning anyone for any sin “shows contempt for the riches of God’s kindness, tolerance asnd patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you (or them) to repentance,” Romans 2:4.

Secondly, that any time we “pass judgment on someone else,” verse 1, we are condemning ourselves, because we are “mere men” (verse 3) who commit sin too.

And thirdly, that God himself does not condemn people for willfully resisting what he made plain (1:19). Instead he “gives them over” to the automatic penalties he built in for those who “not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them,” verse 27.

So, if men (and women) “don’t think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God” (1:28) – as to why God created male and female in the first place – they will “receive in themselves the due penalty for their perversion,” Romans 1:27. For those who know better, therefore, but still claim homosexuality is a life of love, not lust (as Paul defines it in verse 26), God does not condemn them to an eternal hell, but he does have hell of a different kind for them in this life, like giving them over to “futile thinking” (1:21), to “becoming fools” (22), and to “a depraved mind” (28) – all of which automatically kick in.

Does that not make God inhuman, though? No, because he doesn’t marginalize homosexuals or bully them into repentance. Instead, he lets people learn through time and consequences. He still hates what they do, but he does not condemn them for it, because what he’s after is people coming to their senses and repenting (1 Timothy 2:4), and this is the most effective way he’s chosen for that to happen.

Paul’s concern, therefore, is not the Church being inhuman for denying gay love, it’s the Church portraying God as inhuman when it condemns homosexuals. The Church doesn’t need to condemn homosexuals anyway, because God’s already dealing with them through built-in penalties and patience. If a Catholic priest, therefore, wants to make the Church out to be inhuman, the Church can prove it’s not inhuman by not condemning him.


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