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Saturday, January 20, 2007

It is what it is.

One of the blessings of speaking more than one language is that you "get" a lot of the aphorisms which lose most of their bite in translation. One such aphorism is "Lo feo no quita lo valiente y vice versa." It basically means your flaws and your strengths are often independent of one another.

I mention this because I'm about to riff off a blog entry over at The Cafeteria Is Closed.

The premise of this concerns homosexuality and Catholicism. Your best bet is to read that post, and if so inclined read my outlook on the issues raised thereby.

Part of the "problem" with the way people view the Catholic position is that some terms or words -- the word "disordered" leaps to mind -- carry a different feel in English than in, say, Latin or other Romance languages. But let's set that aside for now. The fact is there are men and women, holy men and women who have recognized that their inclinations to be attracted to the same sex are, in fact, their cross to bear. This is at the root of many of our problems these days, a refusal to recognize that we all have our corss to bear. We don't wanna bear no @#$%ing crosses! The easiest way to not bear a cross is to plop it down and turn it into furniture.

I am not among those who rail against people because of their inclinations. It's their actions that will cause them whatever grief they come to and my obligation is to point out the dangers to their eternal selves in pursuing a given course of action. It's like pointing out the speed limit between Main Street and Elm Street is 30mph (50kph, for you, Shan) and what will happen when a policeman catches you doing triple that. That's not to say I want you to get caught by the cops, or that you have no business driving. I'm just pointing out what my experience and understanding have led me to conclude.

A better analogy would be to see you on a window ledge on the gazillionth floor of a skyscraper, with two feather dusters in either hand, shouting to all Creation that you are going to leap off, flap the feather dusters and soar like a thrush. Gee, it'd sure be great if that were true, but I know that all you'll wind up doing is spreading a thin crimson layer of you on the pavement below. So I have to tell you and try to dissuade you in the way least likely to alienate you as possible.

Some people have pointed out that homosexuals perform many great and selfless and charitable deeds. All perfectly true, no doubt. But our good deeds do not counterbalance our sins and our propensity to sin. Only drawing ourselves closer to God will accomplish that, whatever our weak link of sin might be.

It is arrogant of those who are not afflicted with same-sex attractions to assume that having THAT particular cross to bear is sinful in se, or that those who yield to said impulses are somehow better or worse than those who have a two wives, or who are promiscuous. A sin is a sin. One you choose to separate yourself from God, you have made a disconnect and arguing over who has more or fewer millimeters of disconnection from God is spectacularly moot. If two gears are not close enough to mesh, it's irrelevant by how much/little they aren't meshing. Color me orthodox, but I see this in black and white terms. To argue over how much lesser my sins are from yours is playing with fire and brimstone.

So, we should refrain from taunting and being uncharitable towards those whose trials are in this particular configuration, but us also remind ourselves that nobody has the privilege of adjusting reality to their purposes and this is doubly true in matters of God and our sinfulness. Let's also keep praying for those who are fighting the good fight under circumstances which you and I are blessed not to have.




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