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Old Nov 23, '12, 2:35 pm
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Default How should I handle friendship with a homosexual?

I have a friend at work who is unabashedly gay. He's really my best friend there. He knows I'm a devout Catholic, so I'm assuming he knows my stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, etc. I'm wondering, how should I, as a Catholic yearning to live my faith, handle such a relationship? I have taken the attitude of living my faith as an example, but I somehow feel that I am endorsing his lifestyle with my silence on the matter. At the same time, I don't want to be confrontational. What should I do?
Old Nov 28, '12, 4:05 pm
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Default Re: How should I handle friendship with a homosexual?

To assume your coworker knows your position on homosexuality because of your religious affiliation likely assumes too much, considering that there are many people who consider themselves "devout Catholics" who have no problem with homosexuality. In this day and age, you also could be putting your job in jeopardy to confide your position on homosexuality to a homosexual coworker who is "unabashedly gay," even on private time in a social setting with someone who up to this point has been very friendly. I can only recommend that you seriously reconsider fostering personal friendships with coworkers with whom you are not free to be respectfully honest about differences between you. And, besides, keeping your social life separate from your work life is not a bad idea for any number of reasons.

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