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Why is homosexualist ideological language in the Instrumemtum Laboris?
The Catholic Church has a Catechism - duly referenced below on homosexuality. "Homosexual orientation" is a modern psychological and ideological construct claiming the person is this way ontologically. This is not what the Church teaches. The Church speaks of a tendency, not orientation. A tendency to what? To something that is "intrinsically disordered....contrary to natural law". The difference between the Instrumentum Laboris and the Catechism is striking. And if apologists appear to claim it is mere semantics, then why not retain the catechetical language?
You will notice that it is in the English version, - alone! - that the Catholic emphasis remains. Is this perhaps because English language Catholics are well organized and this is meant to fudge us?
All other language versions use homosexualist "orientation". Indeed, the German and Spanish versions use it even in the title of the subsection.
From the Instrumentum Laboris (June 23, 2015):
Pastoral Attention towards Persons with Homosexual Tendencies
130. (55) Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency.
L’attenzione pastorale verso le persone con tendenza omosessuale
130. (55) Alcune famiglie vivono l’esperienza di avere al loro interno persone con orientamento omosessuale.
L’attention pastorale envers les personnes ayant une tendance homosexuelle
130. (55) Dans certaines familles, des personnes ont une orientation homosexuelle.
Die pastorale Aufmerksamkeit gegenüber Personen mit homosexueller Orientierung
Einige Familien machen die Erfahrung, dass in ihrer Mitte Menschen mit homosexueller Orientierung leben.
A atenção pastoral às pessoas com tendência homossexual
Algumas famílias vivem a experiência de ter no seu interior pessoas com orientação homossexual.
La atención pastoral por las personas con orientación homosexual
130. (55) Algunas familias viven la experiencia de tener en su seno personas con orientación homosexual.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Chastity and homosexuality
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,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
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. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. 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.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.