In a tweet on June 1, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island reminded Catholics that they cannot and should not support so-called LGBTQ “Pride” events in June, which is supposedly “Pride month.” Before long, the tweet received many negative comments, and Bishop Tobin was slammed by both non-Catholics and even Catholics. It is a sad sign for our society and for members of the Church when someone so good and faithful is criticized for being just that and for only doing what he is called to do by the responsibilities of his office. Bishop Tobin was simply reinforcing years of proper Church teaching and reminding faithful Catholics how they should conduct themselves in our changing, sinful world.
Let’s start with the Catechism. Article 2357 states “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (we’ll get to that later), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.'” The Catechism goes on to say that this is because they are contrary to the natural law and they close the sexual act to the gift of life. Article 2358 says, however, that homosexual persons must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. They are still people, no matter their sexuality, and they need to be treated as such, but that does not mean that their actions should be accepted. There is a difference there, no matter how much people might try to say otherwise. Think of a parent disciplining their child. The parent still loves and accept the child as a human being and as their child, but why are they being disciplined? Because their actions are undesirable and contrary to the behavior they should be exhibiting. Homosexuals are called to live chastely, just as people who are not married are called to do.
A lot of supporters of homosexual “marriage” will say that there is nothing in the Bible about homosexuality being wrong or they will point out that Jesus never said anything about it being wrong. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul actually describes God giving up the people to their depraved acts, namely, men committing shameless acts with men and the women with the women, exchanging natural intercourse for unnatural intercourse (Romans 1:24-28). In the Old Testament, the book of Leviticus describes a man lying with another man as with a woman an “abomination” and says that if they continue in their sinful ways, they will be put to death and that their blood is upon them (Leviticus 20:13). Sacred Scripture does condemn homosexuality and it shows that it is disordered and sinful. Furthermore, in Genesis we are told that God created them male and female and that he instructed Adam and Eve to “be fertile and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28). This implies that he meant with each other! There is no way to be fertile and multiply other than within a male/female marriage. Jesus may not have said anything, directly or indirectly, but that doesn’t mean the teaching should be disregarded. Everything in the Bible is the word of God, whether it came directly out of Jesus’s mouth or not.
There is a disordered idea of love and charity in our society today that says that if we truly want to love and support someone, we have to accept absolutely everything about them, which leads to the acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle in order to avoid offending anyone. But this is not what God has intended. To be truly loving and charitable to others, we must be willing to correct them and alert them to their own faults, which is for their own good. To love someone is to will their good. If we will someone’s good, then we will do what we can to make sure they are on the right path to their eternal happiness. Thus, as Catholics, we should support homosexuals by lovingly guiding them to a lifestyle that will ensure this end, not simply accepting their sins because of a disordered idea of being charitable. Catholics should not take pride in anything that blatantly goes against the Faith and natural law. In lieu of “Pride month,” I invite all of you to instead embrace June as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which has been established by the Church. We use this month to make reparation to the Sacred Heart for the sins of the world, which is a perfect counteraction to the events going on for “Pride month.”
I stand with Bishop Tobin. As should all faithful Catholics. Please keep him in your prayers as he continues to spread the truth of the Faith regardless of the consequences.