Adam asked:

Somebody tried to use scripture to justify homosexuality, saying that it wasn’t wrong. I told my wife here’s what the catechism teaches. My wife doesn’t think homosexuality is a sin per se, and I do. How would you approach this subject?

Karl Keating replied:

“I think the first thing we need to clarify is or get away from is the loose language of saying homosexuality is a sin. The condition of being a homosexual is not a sin. Engaging in homosexual acts, that’s a sin.

The catechism teaches correctly that homosexuality is a grave disorder. There are lots of kinds of disorders that people can have. They can be physical disorders, emotional, psychological, mental, intellectual, moral and other kinds. Most disorders have no moral resultant component to them.

For example ... you may remember the thalidomide babies. Around 1959 ... there was a sedative call thalidomide that was widely prescribed to women and it turned out that women who were pregnant often found that their babies had deformities because of this thalidomide ... The babies would be born commonly missing a limb. Or instead of an arm ... a flipper ... Now, children born that way have a deformity ... There is a physical disorder. It has nothing to do with their worth as people. There’s no moral component to it ... There are kinds of disorders that do. For example, if someone is a kleptomaniac ... that’s a disorder ... but that has a moral component to it. Because the act that the disorder tends to make one favor is itself materially a sin ... Homosexuality as a disordered state is similar to kleptomania or the alcoholism in that it’s a disorder that tends to make it easier for someone to engage in an act that in itself is immoral. Unlike say a mental or other psychological or physical disorder that don’t do that.”


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 10, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Karl Keating - Founder of Catholic Answers

Question appeared in show: 14:40

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