So... Earlier, my mom gave me a book. This book is the "Catechism of the Catholic Church", which is basically a fancy way of saying it is the book describing many, many rules and laws of the faith and those who follow it. And, well, I just finished reading the 3 paragraphs that sum up what homosexual people are to do. So you may read them, I'll type them.
[blockquote]"Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction towards persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms throughout 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, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 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.
"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.
"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."[/blockquote]
So, after reading this, I was like: "O.O ... I guess the church isn't so hateful towards homosexuals after all ^^;" I mean, it does say a few things in here, like calling what they do 'disordered' and 'contrary to the natural law', but they ALSO say things like 'they must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity'. So... I'm going to sum up what I think it is saying:
Homosexuality is wrong by nature, but in NO way should a true Christian person outright be hateful towards those with homosexual tendencies. Quite the contrary; they should be accepting and willing to help them, and also be sensitive to their 'condition'. However, the homosexual has a responsibility to control his urges and aim for a generally pure life.
So, of course I'm not gonna change my normal attitude towards my friends with homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or other forms of sexual orientations ^^ I'm just sharing with you what I found out, because, well... I dunno ^^; Because knowledge is power! And knowing is half the battle. Next time you see a hateful Catholic, tell them to look in the Catechism at paragraphs 2357 through 2359.
Now, to give a better mood... I will now tell you what the Catechism thinks about art:
[blockquote]"Created "in the image of God," man also expresses the truth of his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works. Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search for the necessities of life which is common to all living creatures, art is a freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches. Arising from the talent given by the Creator and from man's own effort, art is a form of practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill, to give form to the truth of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing. To the extent that is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God's activity in what he has created. Like any other human activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to an ennobled by the ultimate end of man."[/blockquote]
Here's what this says to me... Artists are awesome! ^^ Keep up the awesome work, my friends ^^
P.S.: If you're curious of the opinion of the Catechism's word on things, ask me. I shall look it up for you; I have access to the book all day.