I’ve just recently become aware of a new (to me) voice in the “I’m gay but chaste” collection of Christian writers. I was reading a recent piece by Julie Rodgers, and I stopped and scratched my head when I read this line:
When Christians respond to every gay person focusing primarily on a person’s sexuality, we’re neglecting the whole human person.
This is a strange sentence, from an ontological perspective, within the Catholic Church’s anthropology.
Here’s my new piece about identity, up at First Things.
The essence of my piece can be summed up in this paragraph:
Since I am Catholic, the sexual identity I am called to embrace is my maleness; my true orientation is towards women, my true sexual complement. Insofar as I am attracted to men rather than women, I do not discover a different essential orientation within myself, but rather a disorientation of my sexual attractions. A homosexual “orientation,” no matter how strongly it is subjectively experienced within our person, does not exist within God’s blueprint for humanity. We know this based on the authority of the Church, the custodian and interpreter of revelation.