Melissa asked:

Should I attend the baby shower for a lesbian couple?

Jimmy Akin:

"This is a difficult situation, and it’s the kind of situation that is unfortunately happening more and more frequently today. The fact is they’re engaged in a pattern of behavior that is gravely immoral, both with respect to each other and with respect to using artifical means to bring a child into the world. This is not how God designed the human race to work ...

You want to do what you can to help them grow closer to God and correct the things in their lives that they need to correct. In terms of the child, the child should not be punished for the sins of its parents. Children come into the world through illicit means all the time. There are children who come into the world through adultery, or rape, or fornication and so the fact that a child has come into the world through artificial insemination is not in principal different than that.

You also have parents that aren’t even married to each other and they have baby showers for their children. And the purpose of the baby shower is really about the baby. It’s not about blessing or approving what the parents have done. So if you would be comfortable going to a baby shower where an unmarried couple was having a baby, and provide them with things that will help the baby when the baby comes, I woudln’t see that as being in principal different from this situation ...


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

Editor's note: This is an excerpt of the answer provided. For the complete response download the podcast.

Click icon for archived podcast answering this question in its entirety.

Show air date: March 20, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 35:33

Social: Share:

This site is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

"...and upon this rock I will build My Church..." Matthew 16:18