Same sex couples living in the state of grace?

Can a homosexual choose God and reject mortal sin by continuing to live with his lifelong partner, but just not engage in the act?

Dear Forever,

Theoretically a person with homosexual tendencies may live with a life-long partner in a celibate relationship. I say “theoretically” because practically this may very difficult to achieve, especially if the individuals are young. The mere physical proximity to each other could be a continual occasion of sin. However, if they center themselves on the Lord and avoid whatever would lead them to sin, it is possible for them live a holy life. I know of some such older couples who do. Of course, these don’t make the headlines. With grace, all things are possible.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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