Homosexual-By Birth or By Choice?

Q. Are homosexuals born gay?

A. There is much controversy about whether homosexuals are born gay, choose it or something in between. At the moment the cause is not certain. However, what we do know is that practicing homosexual intercourse, oral sex, etc. is gravely sinful and disordered.


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.

This teaching of the Catholic Church derives its authority from Sacred Scripture:

Leviticus 18:22

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

Leviticus 20:13

13(A)If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

Deuteronomy 23:18 18You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the price of a dog (a sodomite) into the house of the Lord your God as payment of a vow, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.

Romans 1:27

27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:8-11

We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

By this it is established that the PRACTICE of homosexuality is gravely sinful, an abomination and detestable to God. HOWEVER, THE ORIENTATION IS NOT sinful. So, whether the human person is born a homosexual, or wounded in such a way that he becomes oriented towards homosexuality, or even out of some inner rebellion or rage actually makes a conscience choice, IT DOES NOT MATTER!


A person who finds himself/herself attracted to members of the same sex must exercise self mastery and abstain from indulging in this sin throughout his/her whole life. The suffering will purify the soul. This self denial is absolutely no different than many heterosexuals who find it extremely difficult to abstain from sex before marriage or even after marriage to remain faithful. They can often seem to be under as much compulsion to sin in this way as the homosexual. Both must deny themselves. The same can be said for those attracted sexually to children, rape, group sex, etc.

Whatever our inclination, we may find we are all born with certain proclivities to sin in different ways, we must overcome these with the help of God’s Grace and the sacraments, in order to grow in holiness. But God loves each and every one. Our eternal souls were created and infused into our bodies by our Heavenly Father. He wants every human person to join Him in Heaven after our time of testing in this life. So, take up your cross and follow Him. For what does it matter if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?

3 Responses to Homosexual-By Birth or By Choice?

  1. Martin says:

    In response to the comments and ideas that un-informed people made regarding Gay people, I invite the Heterosexual people to pay some consideration to the following points:

    1. Orphanages are kept full to the brim by Heterosexuals.
    2. Divorce courts are over worked due to Heterosexuals.
    3. It takes two Heterosexuals to produce One Homosexual.
    4. Gay men are 40% more likely to be celibate than Heterosexual men, not to even mention the medical implications.
    5. Homosexual people pay taxes for the benefit of Heterosexual children.
    6. Abortions are entirely caused by Heterosexuals.
    7. Heterosexual fornication is encouraged on every TV station and every magazine in one form or another.
    8. Jesus never entered a Heterosexual marriage.
    9. Teenage drug addiction and sexual promiscuity is a result of the example and / or pressures of Heterosexual lifestyle.
    10. Heterosexuals are raising children even though their own track record regarding relationships are highly questionable.
    11. STD’s are rampant in the Heterosexual community, outweighing that of Gay people.
    12. Sex with children is so pervasive that it has reached into the very highest echelons of Heterosexual lifestyle.
    13. Some Doctors are ashamed to document the sexual deeds that led to Heterosexual people being admitted at hospitals
    14. Heterosexual woman bear the brunt of Heterosexual men’s appetite for extra-marital sex in the form of dreadful diseases.

    And so the list will go on and on. The point is; don’t take the moral high ground when your team is slugging in the mud.

  2. Fr. J. says:

    I dont see how anything you have written applies to the above post. Of course, we are all sinners. There are plenty of evils and vices to go around. This is not an argument for the morality of homosexual acts. Emotional appeals are a convenient way to avoid discussing issues intelligently.

    I dont agree with some of the language in the above post. The Catholic Church does not use the word abomination in its teaching on homosexuality and does not rely on Levitical law. Rather, it relies on the Natural Law. Simply put, men are made for women and vice versa physically, emotionally, spiritually. Anyone of average intelligence can understand that men and women are properly oriented toward one another.

    This is not meant to be a callous comment. Indeed, the Church recognizes the pain that those with same sex attractions endure. This pain largely comes from a feeling of difference and of emotional distance from others, particularly heterosexuals, from childhood and to varying degrees throughout life. Nobody wishes to heighten such pain. But, to attribute that pain to supposed hatred by those who disagree with the gay movement on public policy issues including gay “marriage” will not help anyone to achieve a better life, or a greater peace.

  3. kadly mantick says:

    Homosexuality is not a “grave sin”. it is something you are born like. People can’t choose who they like, And it should not matter about the persons body, it should matter about their Personality. In the bible it says that god created us! If he created each and every individual person, then he would of had to aprove of them being a homosexual. Suposibly god watches over us, and im sure if he didnt approve then he would do something about it! HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT A SIN!!!!

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