I accept Catholic Church teachings on homosexuality, but I won’t pretend, sometimes when I think about it, there is something I find difficult to understand.
The issue I have is that there seem to be so many homosexuals around. It’s difficult not to study or work in a environment where there are at least some homosexuals.
Given that it’s unlikely that so many people would choose to be attracted to those of the same sex as them (it’s hard to believe anybody can choose what sex they are attracted to tbh), why would God create so many people with same sex attraction or at least, inclinations to it?
I know there is the argument that there is no proof of any gay gene, hence no proof people are created gay, but again, why would you choose to be attracted to somebody of the same sex, particularly in times past where it was seriously frowned upon, even by the state?
If you are a gay, you are not supposed to get married to someone of the same sex or have sex with them. It’s almost like God has burdened certain people with this same sex attraction that they now have to spend their life fighting, knowing that they can never act on it.
Sure, you could say that a heterosexual person goes through something similar, in so far as they are also not supposed to have sex with anybody before marriage and that can be hard, but they at least know they can do if they find somebody to marry. A homosexual cannot do that, and is therefore forced to fight that desire their entire life a bit like a priest, with the difference being that priesthood is optional.
I suppose this was part of the reason so many gay men were taken in by the Catholic Church, because they basically said, look, you’re gay, so if you can’t see yourself ever having any attraction to women, you should become a Catholic priest, as they aren’t supposed to have sex anyway, and there you will be surrounded by men who have to deal with the same issues of celibacy that you have to deal with. As it turned out, from some of the scandals we have seen, this is no easy task for some.