Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pope Benedict's 2010 Comments on Homosexuality

The following is Pope Benedict's comments on homosexuality in his just released book, The Light of the World. Unhampered by PC decorum his language is blunt.."even if it is not pleasing to our age."
"Sexuality has an intrinsic meaning and direction which is not homosexual. The meaning and direction of sexuality is to bring about the union of man and woman and in this way give humanity  posterity, children, future.  This is the determination internal to the essence of sexuality.  Everything else is against sexualities intrinsic meaning and direction.  This is a point we need to hold firm, even if it is not pleasing to our age.
The issue at stake here is the intrinsic truth sexuality’s significance in the constitution of man’s being. If someone has deep seated homosexual inclinations–and it is still an open question whether these inclinations are really innate or they arise in  early childhood–if, in any case, they have power over him this is a great trial for him, just as other trials conflict other people as well. But this does not mean that homosexuality thereby becomes morally right. Rather it , remains contrary to the essence of what God originally willed.

Pope Benedict ‘s XVI, 2010. Light of the World, p. 151-3.

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