Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Joe Zammit, Paola
In the report ‘Bishop slams letter claims against gays’ (The Sunday Times, February 17) our dear Bishop Charles Scicluna has succeeded effectively to prove what I had said in my past letters about homosexual acts, which letters are all based on Public Revelation.
The Bishop said that “gay people are called to chaste love as any other person”. Precisely, that is what I have always said in my letters and comments on timesofmalta.com. “Chaste love” excludes homosexual acts.
The Bishop reaffirmed “gays are indeed called to chaste friendship and chaste friendship is chaste love”. Exactly, the accent is on “chaste”. Are homosexual acts chaste or lust?
The Bishop continued hammering on the same right idea: “To say there can never be love but only lust between homosexuals is to sin against the virtue of hope.” I firmly believe in hope. But the fact remains that in homosexual acts gays are not expressing love but lust and the Bishop did not deny this.
The Bishop said that “to say that there can never be love but only lust between homosexuals is to deny the truth of what the Church teaches”. Par.2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reads: “Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life.
“They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.”
“Contrary to natural law” depicts lust. “They do not proceed from a genuine affective…” refers to lust. In Genesis 19: 1 – 29 we read that God punished severely Sodom and Gomorrah for homosexual sins and sent them brimstone and fire from heaven. If these acts had been love, would God have punished them severely? He punished them because these acts amounted, not to love, but to lust.
St Paul says: “Do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither the immoral … nor arsenokoitai (Greek word for homosexuals) … will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Why? Because their acts offend God grievously.
‘Homosexuals’ is intended to refer to those indulging in homosexual acts, and these can convert as others have done.