As Catholics, we believe that every person is created in God’s image, and that every person is entitled by virtue of being a child of God to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect. We are, each and every one of us, called to live our lives in chastity according to our station in life.
We have been given a great gift, a pearl of great price (Mt. 13:45-46), a gift so great and precious that we want nothing more than to share this gift with others; indeed, we are called by this tremendous gift to “go … and make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19).
We are also called to live out our faith in private and in public, in charity. Charity – which the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as “the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God“ (CCC 1822) – means that we cannot turn a blind eye to what the Catholic Church teaches is objectively sinful, particularly when that sin is embraced by members of our own community (Mt. 18-15-17).
We believe it is not charitable – in fact, we risk our own souls (CCC 1868) – to fail to speak the moral truth to our brothers and sisters who obstinately embrace and continue to live in or condone what the Church teaches is an objective state of sin (CCC 2358). We must bear witness against false teachings to those who have a right to know that it is false (see, e.g., CCC 2506, 2512, 2489). We therefore believe it is our duty and obligation as followers of Christ and children of the living God to speak out against the sinfulness of homosexual activity, and to speak out against those who condone and encourage, by word or deed, others to engage in such activities, and to encourage all to live and speak the authentic and immutable truth of the Church’s teachings on this issue.
It is also important to note what we do not believe. We do not believe that homosexual desires, in and of themselves, are sinful. Those who experience such desires carry a heavy burden (“This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.” CCC 2358), and we pray fervently that those who are burdened by these desires may, by the grace of God, resist the temptation to act upon them, and remain chaste.
We also do not “hate” anyone, least of all our brothers and sisters who carry such an enormous burden, and it is a burden, whether they have the ability to discern it or not. We do not hate those who act upon their desires, nor do we hate those who condone or encourage such activities as being objective ordered. Our call upon our brothers and sisters to reject the sinfulness of the homosexual act is done purely out of love, not hate. As the Catechism teaches, “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.” CCC 2358.
We also do not call upon others to hate anyone. We condemn no one. We discriminate against no one. We are all sinners, without exception. Our sole desire is to speak the truth to those who deserve to know the truth, for their own sake, and for the sake of their eternal souls.
Our Mission as The Laity is to engage with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, with our priests, religious and seminarians, with the staff and volunteers within the Church, and indeed with our fellow laity, to encourage all to embrace the universal and immutable teachings of the Catholic Church on sexuality, to provide resources to help others learn the truth of these teachings, and, most of all, to offer our prayers and support to enable everyone to some day experience together the beatific vision in Heaven. This is what we are called to do as Christians, as the followers of Christ. “Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love.” CCC 1827.