By Art Golab and Lauren Fitzpatrick at the Chicago Sun-Times
Before he became pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote something that became church doctrine: “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.”
In 2013, Cardinal Francis George said in a letter to parishioners that it was “physically impossible” for two people of the same sex to “consummate a marital union,” but “families and the church still love those . . . who are same-sex oriented.”
And this year, the Chicago archdiocese will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Gay and Lesbian Outreach, which involves a mass every Sunday followed by a social at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
So it’s not surprising that many gay Catholics feel the church is sending out mixed messages on homosexuality. [MORE]