The Catechism of the OHCAC states that Homosexuality is disordered based on Tradition and Sacred Scripture. The Church welcomes all. People that have Homosexual tendencies are welcome as well. What is Social Justice? It is as follows…
To follow the command to “love one another as I have loved you”.
To enable everyone to enter into a relationship with Christ in such a way, so that everyone can come to know Christ in the same way that the Father knows the Son.
If we think about this for a moment, it becomes clear. If our basic human needs are met, that is to say that if we are not concerned with obtaining food, clothing, shelter etc., then we are better able to enter into a closer relationship with Christ.
These are the elements of Social Justice that require all Catholics to follow…
Living as though other people and living things matter. Examples of this would be:
FASTING in solidarity with the hungry, the oppressed etc
LIVING SIMPLY. Do I really need all those gadgets coming out in the stores? Recycling where you can; being a good steward of all our natural resources and of our planet that God has given us.
PRAYING for the poor, the homeless,for an end to sweatshops,etc.
The Goals of Social Justice and Parish Outreach are the same:
We are obligated to educate ourselves and others about social justice. Read all you can about the subject. Study all you can about all the social issues facing us in the world today. Spread the word about these issues. Examples :Global Warming, the natural disasters, sweatshops, the death penalty, opressed and persecuted Christians in the Sudan etc. …everthing!
Get involved in the community! Join or start a food pantry. Start a neighborhood watch program if one is needed. Start or join a group in your parish that studies the issues of the community/world and decides what can be done about the problems facing us. Start a volunteer voter registration group. Organize the community in consolidating the efforts of giving its help to the poor. Join Habitat for Humanity etc. etc. …Just do it!
This is giving a voice to those who have no voice, that is, the poor, the sick, the shut in, the unborn, the dying, the disadvantaged, the immigrants, those imprisoned, the homeless, racial minorities etc. We are called to speak out! Write a letter to the editor, join a march, call your elected officials and let them know how you feel. Very often legislation gets passed to the disadvantage of many, because the elected official simply didn’t know how people feel about the subject. This is because no one bothered to call!
So many threads post controversial attempts to change the mind concerning Same Sex Marriage, Homosexual acts…
This thread takes the premise that I want all people, homosexuals of any kind to learn that Jesus loves you and so do I. Come home…you are no different than the Prodigal Son…we welcome you. I cannot and will not accept thoughts contrary to Church teaching.
I ask all who want our brothers and sisters to come home to tell them that you care, tell them that they have a home…educate them that the “gay” lifestyle is not healthy physically or mentally…
Give them the Solidarity that we have, provide them the education that they need, organize on this thread and elsewhere and advocate for their return home…this is true Social Justice…