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Papal Theologian: Homosexuals Must be Told the Truth

In recent years, confusion has reigned on Catholic campuses in regards to the Church’s teachings on homosexuality. Many schools have approved gay/straight alliances while others have gone so far as to host drag shows, celebrate “Coming out Week,” and even host Queer Jeopardy, while billing them as educational events.

But papal theologian Fr. Wojciech Giertych, in an interview with clarified that while those with an inclination towards homosexuality should be always treated with dignity, treating them with dignity doesn’t ever mean obfuscating truth. Fr. Giertych said that the Church must consistently teach that “homosexuality is against human nature.”

The Polish priest said pointedly that “the elevation of perversion to the level of a fundamental value that has to be nurtured and nourished and promoted – this is absolutely sick.”

“The Church,” he reportedly added, “is the only institution in the world which has the courage to stand up to this ideology.”

Fr. Giertych also pointed to a link between the contraceptive mentality, which separates the unitive and procreative aspects of sexuality, with homosexuality."... Since contraception destroys the quality of relationships amongst the spouses, and it generates sexual license outside marriage, and it reduces sexuality to an easy source of pleasure with no responsibility, that pleasure without responsibility is never satisfying, and it generates like a drug,” he said. “It generates a hunger for even more pleasure, which is even more not truly satisfying, not giving ultimate happiness, and so there is a search for more perverted types of sexual pleasure, which can never fulfill the human person."

He made clear that while current events seem to be pointing to defeat for traditional marriage, the fight is not over.

“I’ve seen the Communist ideology, which seemed to be so powerful, and it’s gone! Ideologies come and go, and they have the idea of changing humanity, of changing human nature,” he said. “Human nature cannot be changed; it can be distorted. But the elevation of perversion to the level of a fundamental value that has to be nurtured and nourished and promoted – this is absolutely sick.”

“The Church, standing up to this ideology which we are seeing now in the Western world, the Church is saying something very normal and humane, which corresponds to the understanding of humanity, which humanity has had for millennia, long before Christ, long before the appearance of Christianity,” he said. “So it’s not a question of the Church fighting the ideology, it’s a question of the distortion of humanity, and the Church standing up in defense of human dignity.”

You can watch the entire interview below.

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