James, Fair enough, I understand your viewpoint, maybe and I am not looking for a fight. But do you truly believe this man is cowardly ? Who is imposing what on whom ? He has the courage to state his deeply-held beliefs quite openly and proudly, not something which is 100% shared, don’t knock him for it man.
You claim “Because they would be publicly ridiculed. “ Well, people who praise the practice of the solitary sordid sin of masturbation are much to be pitied, on my side. Their values are not right, not a guide for good living.
“This entire argument is stupefying because religions myopically focus on one or two main issues and forget about the rest of their belieifs”. Demonstrably untrue.
The Catholic religion provides a guide to righteous living : after loving the Lord our God with our “heart, soul, mind and strength” we are told that we must love our neighbour as ourself. For the last 2000 years or so, from a very small beginning, the Catholic Church has done just this : hospitals, schools, universities, bringing care to the sick and dying, the indigent, the widowed, the oppressed. In doing so, the Catholic Church has raised the condition of life for countless millions and millions, rescuing them from backwardness, evil, paganism and many other barbaric ways of living. What have atheists done which remotely compares? Or other religions ? I would truly like to know.
When we mention homosexuality and licentious living, do we ever think to acknowledge that the Catholic Church, in its missions, hospitals, clerical, medical and lay workers, do more for the sufferers of HIV and AIDS than the rest of NGOs, the UN, governments and others all combined ? Is that or not a loving church? How many people are aware of that ? It doesn’t make money out of it, nor seeks to, which cannot be said for the manufacturers of condoms, so-called prophylactics which are guaranteed by the makers NOT to protect 100% against the dreaded virus.
OK, OK, yes, the Church, or, to be accurate, some of its members, fail frequently in the good work of the church, the same as have countless others. You don’t condemn baseball because some of its practitioners break the rules do you ?
Sex, the wonderful and beautiful marital embrace, is not a commodity to be traded or used like a good ham sandwich or a nicely cooked steak, or a decent bottle of CabSauv, just to satisfy an urge. Sex is manifestly and mechanically designed, I insist, for the propagation of the species, all species, in one form or another. Its secondary aim, which applies only to humans, is to enhance and enrich mutual love and respect in marriage, teaching the fruit of that marriage good human values. Other uses of sex are intrinsically defective, not normal. For example, homosexuality (sodomy, properly called, even though homosexuals avoid the word) is an act clearly against nature, I don’t need to draw a diagram for that. Sodomy does not beget children and never will.
The official statistics on life expectancy for practising homosexuals (sodomites) are very depressing, go check. No-one should take pleasure in this, it is awful. I speak as one who has just been told about a very pleasant and likeable former work-colleague who was murdered after inviting someone to join him in his apartment, someone he “met” through a “gay” website. His funeral is on Monday.
I shudder to think what passed through his desperate mind in the instants before he was stabbed to death, how utterly awful ! Poor man, poor man. As a Catholic, my reaction is to hope that “between the saddle and the ground, he mercy sought and mercy found”*
Catholicism and its teachings are not secret, like masonry, they are open and available. They cost nothing, but they promise eternal life. If a person decides to reject them, that is their responsibility, no-one else’s. That is far from imposing your values on someone. Peggy Lee had a wonderful song - “Is that all there is ?” Says it all.
Here endeth the lesson, thanks for reading through, may God bless you and yours.
* a very good piece on this here : http://www.greatmalvernpriory.org.uk/david60.html