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The acronym "LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons.

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Quotations showing diversity of beliefs:

bullet "...the greater tragedy lies in the future when young men and women come to understand their sexual orientation, and learn that they are truly strangers in the pews who are asked not to tell who they are or whom they love." Dignity/USA 1

bullet "Homosexuality: Sexual activity between persons of the same sex. It is not a normal condition, the acts being against nature are objectively wrong." The Catholic Encyclopedia. 2

bullet "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, ... tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered'." Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2357. 3

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"The research on homosexuality is very clear. Homosexuality is neither mental illness nor moral depravity. It is simply the way a minority of our population expresses human love and sexuality. Study after study documents the mental health of gay men and lesbians. Studies of judgment, stability, reliability, and social and vocational adaptiveness all show that gay men and lesbians function every bit as well as heterosexuals." The American Psychological Association's Statement on Homosexuality, 1994-JUL. The APA and other professional associations have published numerous reports and statements since that follow the same theme.

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Topics covered in this section:

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Church teachings on LGBT topics:

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Conflicting arguments based on natural law for and against same-sex marriage


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Recent statements, events, and conflicts:


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Events and conflicts in Canada:

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References:

  1. "Gay Catholics dismayed and angry at Vatican authorities," at: http://www.dignityusa.org/news/new-ways-resp.html
  2. Robert Broderick, Ed., "Catholic Encyclopedia: Revised and updated edition," Nelson, (1987), Page 272.  Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  3. "Catechism of the Catholic Church," The Vatican, at: http://www.vatican.va/
  4. "Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons," Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2003-JUN-3. Released 2003-JUL-31. See: http://www.vatican.va/

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