Some realism is needed here.
As individuals, Catholics are probably as divided on LGBT issues as the rest of the population.
In our churches, we don’t hear the other teachings of our faith, as we ought. Needless to say, I’ve never heard and most Catholics probably have never heard any preaching or certainly nothing like the “support” that this previous comment refers to.
The “support” that the Church offers to LGBT individuals is the same support that it offers to all, and that is the Gospel in the Catholic Tradition.
I don’t think the church’s position on homosexuality, etc. is very well defined as it needs to be.
It’s not going to help an individual struggle with the issues of loneliness in life, and the desire for carnal happiness that we nearly all possess. The Church preaches the gospel as it is found in scripture, for the first point. This is a Gospel of self-sacrifice, in which we ALL are called to holiness and to “mortify” our earthly passions and desires. We are referred to as a kingdom of priests – priests in the sense that we sacrifice ourselves to God, in imitation of Christ.
The participants on this website love threads about homosexuality, but you’re asking exactly the correct question. It’s unpredictable if people will just pile on, judgmentally, about the evil of the homosexual lifestyle.
The life well-lived is one oriented to Jesus Christ, the holiness that this involves, and the happiness even in this life that such a life brings. This is not in accordance with the changing opinions and standards of society. The Church encourages ALL to live for others, even “cheerfully” as the Bible says.
Many churches virtually advertise that they are “full gospel” churches. The Catholic Church at its best has always been a full gospel church. You need look no further. But, you will find many in the Church who may not live up to the standards that they ought.
We are a church of sinners, and the Church is nevertheless a Church of reconciliation.
In what we call the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a book that contains the “deposit of faith” – what we believe – it says the following:
1735 Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors.
Even if a person commits an act that objectively is “grave matter” – one that objectively leads to spiritual death and separation from God – people do not always act with complete freedom, as 1735 says, and so are not automatically condemned. This paragraph speaks of the mercy of God, first of all.
So, we have not all “come to our senses” and managed to orgainize our lives as we should according to Gospel principles. But, we are called TO DO SO. So, the Catholic Church is the Church of reconciliation, and called all people to holiness and reconciliation with God.
Last I heard, the Unitarian/Universalist Church (whose members can believe anything they want, like witchcraft, etc.) WELCOME LGBT people. But, would you feel safe there, intellectually and morally? You may feel welcome there, even comfortable, but would you be living a true gospel life?