we have some friends from before we became catholic…
some that we’ve been friends with for 10-15 years, that are homosexual. our kids are becoming of the age where they are beginning to take notice that they are living in same-sex households and i’ve heard them kind of puzzling over it to eachother. our friends have also brought up times when they’ve noticed my kids debating what their relationship may be that they are not related, and seem to be married, but aren’t male/female. i need to figure out what to do about this. our friends are becoming frustrated because of our reluctance to tell the kids the situation, but we don’t have any idea of how to approach this. we don’t want to turn our backs on our dear friends… “hate the sin, love the sinner” we can be friends with these people without the issue at hand ever coming up “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words" but now that our kids are seeing this lifestyle and are wondering about it, i’m not sure what to do. i don’t feel right about abandoning our friends that we’ve had for so long, and that are very dear to us, over something that we’ve always known about them. we aren’t supportive of their lifestyle, but we don’t preach to them, either. they know where we stand, and we know where they stand. in all fairness, we were the ones that changed our point of view on life, not them.
our kids are attached to them, we’re attached to them, and they, us. i don’t know what to do, or how to approach the issue with the kids. i don’t want them to think it’s okay, and i’m not sure how to make everyone comfortable, or if i should even try. i’m afraid that we may lose some friends over this whole thing. i’m not sure what would be worse for the kids to see… the dynamics of homosexual households, or being uncharitable towards people because of their misdirection.