I consider myself a devout Catholic but I’m not sure where I stand on the church teaching against homosexual acts. If we are to believe that God created everything and everyone in His Infinite Wisdom, then why did He bother creating gay people?
If His plan was perfect and unblemished, then why create people who’s sexualities are described by the Church as being “disordered”? I’ve heard countless people say “Hate the sin, not the sinner.”
But isn’t it what we DO that defines who we ARE? If people are sinning, then they are sinners. If a gay person isn’t sexually active, then we can’t condemn them. But if they are sexually active, we are called to criticize that behaviour. But in both these situations, the gay person who abstains from sex and the gay person who indulges in it are totally different people defined by their actions. In my opinion, I can’t possibly distinguish condemning someone based on what they do and based on who they are.
On the other hand, if we believe evolution (without the intervention of God), then it provides a much more elegant answer to the question. Scientists can argue that having a small minority of the population be homosexual allows a slight advantage to the heterosexual population for giving offspring. We can go back and see homosexuality is prevalent in a number of species other than humans and it goes back a long, long, long way. Probably since the beginning of modern man. Researchers have also shown that genetic factors can definitely come into play as homosexuality is more common in brothers and relatives in a common maternal line so that might hint that there might even be a recessive genetic mechanism that’s yet to be discovered.
Have any of you managed to reconcile the theology with the evidence for evolution?
(Note: please don’t assume I’m trying to be pretentious. I’m naturally just curious as I’m having a hard time myself believing in both evolution and God’s plan for humanity)