Aelred of Rievaulx


PART THREE: Life In Christ. Article 6.
The Sixth Commandment:
II The Vocation to Chastity (cont.)










Castitas et homosexualitas  







2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (Cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered (CDF, Persona humana 8).

2357 Homosexualitas relationes designat inter viros vel mulieres qui sexualem experiuntur allectationem exclusive vel praevalenter erga eiusdem sexus personas. Per saecula et culturas, formas induit valde diversas. Eius psychica origo manet magna ex parte non explicata. Traditio, sacra nitens Scriptura, quae eos tamquam graves depravationes praesentat, 238 semper declaravit « actus homosexualitatis suapte intrinseca natura esse inordinatos ». 239

For discord = disorder = misdirection, see 1606. Masturbation intrinsically and gravely disordered 2352. Twofold Natural order of marriage  to which fornication opposed 2353 Homosex'ty intrinsically disordered 2357 For fundamental ordering (telos, goal direction, ordinatio) , see also 1608 and 1601.  Complimentarity as ordus see 2333

[1] They are contrary to the natural law.

Legi naturali sunt contrarii.

[2] They close the sexual act to the gift of life.

Actum sexualem dono praecludunt vitae.

[3] They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.

E vera complementaritate affectiva et sexuali non procedunt.

Under no circumstances can they be approved.

Nullo in casu possent accipere approbationem.



2358 THE number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. 2358 Virorum et mulierum numerus non exiguus tendentias homosexuales praesentat profunde radicatas. Haec propensio, obiective inordinata, pro maiore eorum parte constituit probationem.

They must be accepted with[:]

Excipiendi sunt

[1] respect,


[2] compassion,


[3] and sensitivity.

et suavitate.

Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. Relate ad eos vitandum est quodlibet iniustae discriminationis signum
THESE persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. . Hae personae vocantur ad voluntatem Dei in sua vita efficiendam, et, si ipsae christianae sunt, ad coniungendas cum Sacrificio crucis Domini difficultates quas in facto suae condicionis possunt invenire.



Principle of Gradualness in Chastity:
in morality of marriage: Fam. Consort. 34 ; "tolerance" Hum. Vit. 29

cf Laws of Growth CCC 2343



2359 HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS are called to chastity.

2359 Personae homosexuales ad castitatem vocantur.

[1] By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom,

Ipsae, dominii virtutibus quae libertatem educant interiorem,

[2] at times by the support of disinterested friendship,

quandoque amicitiae gratuitae auxilio,

[3] by prayer


[4] and sacramental grace,

et gratia sacramentali,
they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. possunt et debent ad perfectionem christianam gradatim et obfirmate appropinquare.




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