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Homosexuality Same-sex attraction is a distortion of what is human

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 15, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.

I am replying to Harry Dyck’s letter of April 29, “Reader responds to pastor’s letter with some questions.” Male and female persons are made for each other biologically and psychologically; in marriage they complement each other in a way that no other human relationship can do. Same-sex attraction is a distortion of what is human. The issue is behavior and not opposite- or same-sex attraction. Homosexuals are not the only people who struggle with the distortions of their humanity in themselves. We are fallen people living in a fallen world. But all are called to choose to live virtuous lives. That some do not is no argument to the contrary. Same- sex relationships do not constitute marriage. Marriage is a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman that includes the potentiality of procreation and care of children born to it. The Church does not condemn or even criticize people with same-sex attractions. The Church actively cares for those suffering. What the Church does object to is behavior inconsistent with a virtuous life. It is not a hateful thing to say that certain behavior is wrong.

Science is not the only way to knowledge; it gives partial knowledge of a part of reality. Real knowledge and wisdom is still valid regardless how old it is. Wisdom does not radically change with the newest scientific document. The permanent things remain always: love, truth, honesty, goodness, beauty, the virtues.

Many of the scientific discoveries and those who laid the foundations of modern science were Christians. Mr. Dyck’s claims that a lot of scientists faced persecution are greatly exaggerated. He specifically lists four. Copernicus did not suffer. Galileo simply had house arrest. Newton was a government official in addition to being a scientist. Darwin was not persecuted.

Roger Schmucker

Goshen