Here’s why same sex-attracted persons are called to chastity
Courage – Philippines president Edwin Valles gives the “Courageous Love: Helping persons with same sex attraction” workshop on the second day of the CFC – Singles for Christ International Conference 2018 at Our Lady of La Paz parish, Makati, Feb. 17, 2018. NIRVA DELACRUZ
By Nirva’Ana Ella Delacruz
February 20, 2018
MAKATI City, PHILIPPINES
While many view the Catholic Church’s call to chastity to persons with same sex attraction as impractical if not downright impossible, a speaker reminded the faithful that chastity is for all believers.
“What the Church is saying is very simple, all are called to lead a chaste life. Homosexual persons are called to chastity as well,” said Edwin Valles president of Courage – Philippines, a Catholic apostolate that supports persons with same sex attraction (SSA), during the “Courageous Love: Helping persons with same sex attraction” Singles for Christ International Conference (SFC ICON) 2018 workshop at the Our Lady of La Paz church.
He quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2348, which says that all Christians are
“called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of life.”
Integrity of the person
According to Valles, nothing less is expected of persons with SSA.
By stressing the “integrity of the human person,” he challenged the modern view that divorces the body’s significance from that of the soul.
“Everything we do to our body, we do to our soul, and since the soul is eternal,
everything we do with our body has eternal consequences,” he said.
Valles also connected the demands of chastity to love.
“Charity or love is to give of ourselves to others. Are we okay to give or receive a gift that is sloppily wrapped or has been used already? Chastity ensures that the gift of ourselves is pure, valuable, and wrapped beautifully,” he explained.
‘Law of gradualism’
Valles stressed, however, that the Church understands that chastity will not come overnight for persons with SSA.
“…It’s not like suddenly, they (persons with SSA) will do a 180 degree change. The Church understands that. In fact, the concept of the Church is the law of gradualism. You have to be realistic that this will take time. This work requires apostolic endurance,” he added.
As persons with SSA struggle to live out chastity, meaning they do not engage in homosexual acts, Valles said the Sacrament of Reconciliation continues to be “open for everyone.”
Some 7,000 SFC delegates from the Philippines as well as countries like Singapore, the U.K., Japan, China, the U.S. attended SFC ICON 2018, which also marked the silver anniversary of SFC. CBCPNews