Traditional Christians, like many Catholics, are focused on the question of homosexuality as an orientation towards acts — sexual acts, in particular. Therefore, the conversation almost always revolves around the “intrinsically disordered” or “objectively evil” nature of same-sex sexual activity. This how Vatican documents often speak of it, for example.
Pro-LGBT Christians, even Catholics who accept traditional church teaching, are not focusing on homosexuality as orientation to specific sexual acts, but rather as a much larger function of a person’s personality. In a sense, they go by the motto: A person is more than their sexuality, and sexuality is more than sexual acts.
And so this latter group objects to over-simplifications of the issue. And the need to listen and accompany becomes paramount.
This divide happens even in the Catholic Church — EVEN between people who want to maintain traditional Catholic moral teaching. But the dialogue gets harsh, and people end up speaking past each other. At least, this is how I have come to see the cultural reality in the church today.
Do you think this is one of the major causes of the intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral conflict when dealing with homosexuality and related issues (“LGBT”)?