This letter is being written in response to a letter to the editor from Denise Moran. I strongly feel there are at least a few topics in that letter that need to be addressed. First of all, the Catholic Church isn’t merely one more human organization or even just one more Christian denomination among many others.
Instead, the Catholic Church is a spiritual institution that was founded by Christ. The Catholic Church doesn’t discriminate against anyone, including LGBT people. In fact, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in part three, article 6, number 2358 and I quote: “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” In addition there are groups in the Catholic Church that support and encourage gay Catholics to live chaste, holy lives.
Mrs. Moran claims LGTB people are born that way. That’s her opinion and she’s entitled to it, yet she provides no evidence to support or prove it. Actually, as far as I know, no definitive scientific evidence is available, concerning that matter, one way or another.
As far as gay people not being allowed to receive communion, that’s not entirely true. If a gay Catholic is living a chaste life and is in the state of grace, they can receive communion. If they aren’t they can’t. Also, no gay Catholic will be denied communion simply because they’re gay.
Similarly, a straight person, whether single or married, if they’re living a chaste life and are in the state of grace, can receive communion. If they aren’t, they can’t. So the standard for receiving communion is the same for both gay and straight people. There is no discrimination against gay people at all on this issue.
Lastly, concerning gay people being allowed to marry in the church, gay people can legally marry in the United States. However, gay people can’t marry in the Catholic Church. That’s because marriage is a sacrament, according to Catholic teaching, that was instituted by Christ and was meant to occur only between a man and a woman.
In part, among many other reasons, marriage should only be between a man and a woman, so that the human race can continue to propagate. Gay people not being allowed to marry in the church is not a matter of discrimination at all. Instead it’s analogous to getting a driver’s license and driving. If you meet all the necessary requirements you can get a license and drive. If you don’t, you simply can’t.
The Catholic Church judges no one, as far as their motives go, but only objectively decides whether someone’s actions are sinful or not, based on church teaching and doctrines. Jesus himself forgave sinners constantly, but also told them to “go and sin no more.”