Last Sunday, I presented a talk to a group of teenagers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. These kids are on fire for their Catholic faith and were very interested in what I shared with them about my experience and the good news of the Catholic Church on sexuality–even if that good news seems like bad news to most of the world.
At the end of the talk, there was a chance for them to write questions for me on a 3 X 5 index cards. One theme that came through was surprising to me. Many of them asked me how to answer the accusations of bigotry when they try to defend the Catholic view on homosexuality. It became clear that these kids are being labeled bigots by their classmates, and this breaks my heart. Of course, it’s impossible to prove a negative, and so the accusation is more diatribe and intimidation than anything, but even so, I think these young students need to be prepared with a cogent answer. My answer to them was to focus on the nobility of sexuality, in the broader spectrum, and move the conversation away from homosexuality in particular. It is only in light of the sacred nature of sexuality that the Catholic and traditional Christian view on homosexuality can even make sense at all.
Here are three videos which I think speak eloquently about the nobility of sexuality, and why Catholics and other Christians treat it as something sacred.
In my mind, this video by Fr. Robert Barron is the most pithy apology on behalf of Catholic sexuality I’ve ever seen.
This video, also by Fr. Barron speaks about the reasons why the Catholic Church takes the view it does on sexuality.
This final video from the Protestant evangelist Ravi Zacharias speaks quite succinctly about why Christianity has always held sexuality in high esteem. (As an aside, and as a Catholic, naturally it saddens me knowing how many of our priests have misused their authority and abused those they were called to shepherd. Kyrie elieson.)