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60Papal Theologian on Gay Identityhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/07/papal-theologian-on-gay-identity
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:12:51 -0400
In Defense of the Church’s Challenging Language on Homosexualityhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/06/in-defense-of-the-churchs-challenging-language-on-homosexuality
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400
When considering the pastoral language the Church should use in speaking about homosexuality, the guiding principle must be what then
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
wrote about the subject in 1986, writing as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral.
]]>Homosexual Orientation, or Disorientation?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/04/homosexual-orientation-or-disorientation
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 All of us have a longing to be fully known: by ourselves, by others, and by God. Fundamental to Christian thought is this: We can only know ourselves fully when we know ourselves as we are known by God. As Gaudium et Spes teaches, In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear . . . . Christ the new Adam . . . fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling.
]]>Why I Don’t Call Myself a Gay Christianhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2012/07/why-i-dont-call-myself-a-gay-christian
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:01:00 -0400 Joshua Gonnerman wrote a provocative piece for this column, “Dan Savage Was Right.” What began as an advocacy for the Church to become family for the homosexual community soon became a discussion of the validity of Gonnerman’s matter of fact description of himself as “a Christian who is committed to chastity and who is also gay.” His piece went viral within the Christian blogosphere, and as a result, Gonnerman wrote a follow-up piece, “Why I Call Myself a Gay Christian.”