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Homosexuality (Sodomy)

Refers to the sin of Sodom in the Old Testament, the morally corrupt city destroyed along with the city of Gomorrah for their immoral sins of the flesh.
 

References in Scripture:

  • "As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the neighboring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire" Jude 1:7
  • "If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death: their blood be upon them" Leviticus 20:13
  • "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination" Leviticus 18:22
  • "And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he destroyed these cities, and all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth" Gen 19:24-25
  • "And the men of Sodom were very wicked, and sinners before the face of the Lord, beyond measure" Gen 13:13
  • "There were also the effeminate in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the people whom the Lord had destroyed before the face of the children of Israel" 3 Kings 14:24
  • "Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God" 1 Cor 6:9-10
  • "And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites, into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example to those that should after act wickedly" 2 Peter 2:6
     

Church Teaching:

  • "In the Gospel, too, Christ the Lord says: From the heart come forth adulteries and fornications, which defile a man. The Apostle Paul expresses his detestation of this crime frequently, and in the strongest terms: This is the will of God, your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication; Fly fornication; Keep not company with fornicators; Fornication, and an uncleanness and covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you; Neither fornicators nor adulterers, nor the effeminate nor sodomites shall possess the kingdom of God. Catechism of the Council of Trent, The Sixth commandment, Other Sins Against Chastity Are Forbidden
    We now come to the remedies which consist in action. The first is studiously to avoid idleness; for, according to Ezechiel, it was by yielding to the enervating influence of idleness that the Sodomites plunged into the most shameful crime of criminal lust. Catechism of the Council of Trent, The Sixth commandment, Avoidance Of Idleness
  • "Therefore it was against the lord Jesus Christ himself that they fell into the sin of impious apostasy, the abominable vice of idolatry, the deadly crime of the Sodomites, and various heresies." Council of Vienne, 14th-century
  • "8 Q: Which are the sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance?
    A: The sins that are said to cry to God for vengeance are these four: (1) Willful murder; (2) The sin of sodomy; (3) Oppression of the poor; (4) Defrauding laborers of their wages." The Catechism of Saint Pius X, The Vices and Other Very Grievous Sins
  • "Thirdly, by copulation with an undue sex, male with male, or female with female, as the Apostle states (Rm. 1:27): and this is called the "vice of sodomy." Summa Theologica, Sins against nature
  • "Theologians ordinarily distinguish various forms of lust in so far as it is a consummated external sin, e.g., fornication, adultery, incest, criminal assault, abduction, and sodomy." Catholic Encyclopedia, Lust


Summary

Scripture is incredibly clear on what God thinks of the vice of sodomy. There is no confusing it, no true Catholic can live or condone such a lifestyle.


 

 

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