Or what we later find out some of the not so good “teachers” were doing?
As a Catholic, my Church’s teachings are pretty well known … and available in detail in the Catechism.
The condition of the person is one thing (not sinful in itself … but as we all have, there are particular temptations to resist and overcome). The practice, engaging in the activit(ies) that are sinful, especially involving another person, is objectively sinful and mortally so. Like other sins, these can be repented of and forgiven, and graces given by God unto the sinner doing better.
An instructive hypothetical case so plausible that it more probably has happened than not IMO:
Some damage done by sinners cannot be so easily repaired in this life though. A person infected with AIDS who had abstained from sex out of his concern for the safety of another, might be tempted to become active again by that same partner and assurances of “safe sex” from less than honest condom makers.
Should that person give in, become active, and find that “the safe sex condoms failed” due to lack of quality, misuse, unforeseen difficulties in putting it on or taking it off – thus infecting said partner (whether unto death or merely to the very sick level), confession and absolution will not make that reality and its consequences “never to have happened.”
Though the Lord is ready to forgive His beloved children with a purpose of amendment and put their (former) sins as far away from them as the east is to the west. Though our sins may have stained our robes scarlet, He can make them as white as snow.
This Good News is of course for all sinners, not just those tempted by homosexuality
Those are the basic distinctions … the invitation … and the encouragement that calls us to better than excusing our lower nature and using others unto our own harm and theirs.
May someone who needs to see this be blessed by it. And be not discouraged, the Lord can help you to stand … and walk away … into a better life (even if the first steps seem impossibly hard). :crossrc: