The first way is “despair. The person considers what he’s doing is bad but doesn’t see a way out of it and sinks into guilt, sadness and self-destruction. That’s not the true Christian way.”
The second way to react is “cynicism.” The person “acknowledges the action but denies it’s wrong or even perverse. When this path is taken, the person turns his sin into a source of pride. That’s the psychological reaction necessary to completely close the door to sadness and the acknowledgment that we’ve done something wrong.”
“The third way, the properly Christian way, unlike cynicism, is conversion. With conversion we recognize that there is sin in the world and in us, as well as our own weakness in getting out of the practice of sin and then we take the path of conversion,” the Colombian priest said.
All of this, Fr. Medina stressed, “makes us see where the true Catholic attitude lies. It’s not an attitude of simply accusing the sinner to beat down and destroy him, but neither is it an attitude of applauding and approving of sin.”
"Our attitude, always out of respect and an understanding of human weakness, is to call for conversion through the action of divine grace and our humility and sincerity as our Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles did.”
The Dominican friar also told ACI Prensa that “it’s important to bear in mind that diversity in itself is not necessarily a good thing.”
The Colombian priest explained that two examples of good diversity are in the diversity of God's creation, recounted in the Bible, and the diversity of gifts of the Holy Spirit that "reflect the way in which God renews the creation that was subjected to sin." .
However, the friar said, “there is instead a diversity that’s not right. Thus, for example, in the first chapter of the Letter to the Romans we are told about all the practices into which the pagan world has fallen. That includes forms of violence, abuse and perversion; and that diversity pointed out and denounced by the Apostle Saint Paul, is of course not positive.”
"So to take the position that a Catholic should celebrate diversity is to fall into a very serious mistake" that "can even war against the Gospel," the Colombian priest warned.
“We celebrate diversity within the good of creation, redemption and sanctification. These diversities are to be celebrated because they speak, as Saint Thomas teaches, of the multiplicity of divine works and they tell us something of the inner richness of God himself,” the Dominican priest concluded.
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
Homosexuality as a tendency is "objectively disordered" and "this inclination constitutes for most of them a trial.”
Tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
“Homosexual persons are called to chastity” and through “the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”