Let's face it. Much of the rhetoric surrounding the debate about homosexuality and same sex marriage is bound up in sentiment. For those of you who have forgotten, let me throw in my favorite quote from Flannery O'Connor here.
If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.
Instead of listening to the usual polemicists on both sides perhaps we ought to take a look at this interview with the director of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate which ministers faithfully to those with same sex attraction. The more I think about this issue, the more I am inclined to listen to those who have demonstrated real compassion and ignore those whose compassion is largely theoretical. If chastity is part of the good news of the Gospel, then preaching sexual morality in isolation from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is a waste of time. Do you want to save souls or merely preserve public decency?
Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International, says that his organization has answers to the pastoral questions the Church has about providing a compelling witness to persons with same-sex attraction.