Group of Catholic Bishops Say....


I read yesterday that a group of Catholic Bishops said if someone was attracted to someone of the same sex, it was not sin. What about,

Matthew 5:27-28 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

Can one be attracted to another without lust in their heart?


Short answer: Yes. Chastity is an exercise of the intellect and will. SSA is not sinful; for heterosexuals and homosexuals alike, dismissing lustful impulses when they first arise is the appropriate response; entertaining lustful thoughts or acting on them is another kettle of fish.

Temptation is not sin.


Link and context?


If the attraction is not lustful. If its physical beauty it is not a sin. Does this mean that viewing a naked woman for admiring the beauty of her is ok?

Well, it is up to the individual. A man could be easy tempted for deep seated lustful desires. It would be so much better to not look at all, if a man wants to be pure of heart.


Romans 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”

I’m not speaking about a heterosexual attraction. That is a natural attraction. A man being attracted to another man and a woman being attracted to another woman is not a natural attraction. People have been spinning this in thousands of ways in order to be "politically correct and not to “offend” someone. Truth is offensive to those who know not the truth.


According to forum rules, if one wishes to discuss current events of things people have said, a link needs to be provided.

Could we please have more than just gossip on what the Catholic bishops said?


I’ll look for the link MariaG.


Thank you:)


Link to an article regarding clergy who do not oppose gay marriages. No idea if this is a group associated with the Catholic Church. ANyone know?



Hi Joshua,

I read the article.

The article is not speaking about “attraction” as in looking at a specific person and having lust in one’s heart. That would be a sin for a homosexual or a heterosexual.

This is speaking about being a homosexual. It is not a sin to be a homosexual who does not act on the temptations of same sex attraction.

While the homosexual person may need to confess and repent of lust in their heart where it came to a specific person or personal acts done to oneself while thinking of such immoral acts, this is no different than a heterosexual man or woman who would have to confess for the lust in their thoughts about someone if it were not their spouse.

God Bless,


Are there homosexuals who do not act on their attraction?


Nobody who does not hear their confessions can presume otherwise.

Have you heard of the Courage ministry for homosexuals who are striving to live in chastity?


Courage Apostolate

from the site
[FONT=Arial][size=2]Courage, an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. We have been endorsed by the

Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!" We also have an outreach called Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.
From our website you will learn about homosexuality and chastity. By developing an interior life of chastity, which is the universal call to all Christians, one can move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity to a more complete one in Christ.


Of course… people are given free will and some who know and accept that their attraction is wrong choice to follow Church teaching and abstain. Some choose to on moral standards and not necessarily Christian teaching of course too.


I find that very difficult to believe.


Why exactly would that be any more beleivable then heterosexual men who live celibately or chastely?


Are there people who have a desire to kill who do not kill?

Are there people who have a desire to lie who do not lie?

Are there people who have a desire to steal who do not steal?


why is this in the wrong forum?

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