Church distinguishes between homosexual tendencies and acts, affirms Chilean cardinal

It’s so uplifting to see a clergyman clearly and charitably stating the truth.  May God bless him.

Santiago, Chile, Jul 27, 2010 / 03:02 pm (EWTN News)

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, asserted this week that the Church distinguishes between homosexual tendencies and practices, with the latter being unacceptable because they go against human nature.

During Mass Sunday at a parish in the Chilean city of Vina del Mar, Cardinal Medina explained that science has not determined the origin of homosexual tendencies. “The Church distinguishes between homosexual tendencies and homosexual practices. If someone has a homosexual tendency, it is a defect, like missing an eye, a hand or a foot. But when it comes to sexual practices among people of the same sex, this is not acceptable,” he said.

As a priest, he continued, “I have helped many people with this issue. I have known some who have reformed,” and others who “have had this tendency their whole lives but who have never given in to it.” The cardinal added that this is very difficult and requires “great effort.”

Regarding same-sex “marriage,” approved recently in Argentina, the cardinal said that same-sex “marriages” are “contrary to the laws of God and no human law can go against God’s law.

“If a human law goes against the law of God … it is a violation, something that is of no benefit to society,” Cardinal Medina stated. “I hope that something similar does not happen here in Chile. If it is proposed here in Chile, we bishops will speak out loudly and forcefully.” (Source)

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