HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE NATURAL LAW
By the force of human intellect and by revealed truth it is easy enough to determine that the practice of homosexuality is wrong and evil.
The ability of the human mind to figure things out on its own based on observation is known as “reason”. Human beings can determine “by reason the good and the evil, the truth from the lie. . . .” (CCC1954) By reason we can determine a sort of “natural law” which agrees with revealed truth. “The natural law, present in the heart of each man, and established by reason, is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men.”(CCC1956)
We know by reason that the natural law tells us that, for example, food is for sustenance. If one were to decide that buying food, cooking it and eating it, are a waste of time and money, and therefore he will not eat, such a person would starve to death. We need food to live. This is the law of nature, and of God Who made nature. Now suppose someone were to decide that they were going to eat for pleasure alone and, not wanting to experience the natural result of such activity, deliberately induce vomiting to keep from gaining weight. Such an activity is not ordered towards the natural process of eating and digestion. This fact is recognized by mental health professionals and known as an eating disorder called bulimia. In this instance the secular community agrees with the Church’s teaching. Such action is obviously disordered. Food is meant to go on a one-way trip. The organs of digestion are designed for this process.
In the same way the sexual organs are designed for certain functions. God made us male and female, “...male and female he created them.”(GEN 1:27) The male and female bodies, to state an obvious fact, are different. By light of reason alone we can tell that the male and female organs are for made for different purposes. We can also determine by reason alone what those purposes are. When someone uses his or her sexual organs for purposes other than those for which they are specifically designed, such actions are disordered. Just as with bulimia, “...‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law.”(CCC2357) It is infinitely more disordered to use our sexual organs for uses other than their intended purpose than it is to deliberately throw up our supper. It does not matter if one enjoys throwing up, or has real feelings for someone of the same gender. It is not the way God wants us to be. We can tell by the bodies He gave us.
Just as many who have an eating disorder claim there is nothing wrong with them, many who are afflicted with a sexual disorder claim there is nothing wrong with them. Lately they have claimed that homosexuals are born that way and therefore it is natural. This is not true. There are speech therapists in San Francisco that earn hundreds of dollars an hour teaching homosexual men to speak in an effeminate manner. Bull lesbians go out of their way to act like men, with short men’s haircuts and tough masculine clothing. If all their claims about being born that way are true why do they specifically, consciously imitate the opposite sex? By reason alone we can see something is fishy.
The secular world agreed that such activity is disordered until recently. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) had studied the causes of homosexuality for years and had listed it as a mental illness.1 The open study on the matter ended in 1970 when militant homosexuals broke into the APA’s yearly meeting and by screaming obscenities, physical intimidation, and veiled threats forced the members into appointing a special panel on the subject. Their tactics sounded ominously familiar in that one of their demands was “dialogue”.2 After that the militants stacked the panel, and intimidated the main body of the annual meetings until the APA declared in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer considered a mental illness. By reason alone we know that threatening a bunch of weak-willed doctors does not change the truth.
As far as revealed truth, Scripture speaks clearly and forcefully on the subject. Look up (ROM 1:6) (1COR 6:10) (1TIM 1:10) (JUD 1:6-7). There is no doubt that homosexual activity is contrary to the will of God.
It is true we are all sinners. It is true we must not claim or pretend to be better than anyone else. We need to deal with those afflicted with disorders with charity. Mankind’s intellect is darkened by disorders. It is also true that the natural law is for all mankind, and for all times. “The natural law is immutable and permanent throughout the variations of history.” (CCC 1958) God’s law is eternal, it never changes. We must never quit telling the truth about God’s eternal law, even if some people don’t want to hear it.1 William Dannemeyer, Shadow in the Land, Homosexuality in America (San Francisco 1989) Ignatius Press, 24-39
2 Ibid., 30
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Published by The Minnesota St. Thomas More Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, January 2002.