Friday, June 2, 2023

Can Catholics Celebrate 'Gay Pride?'

Recently, there have been articles and opinions circulated on social media by laity and even Jesuits and other clergy who claim that Catholics can celebrate "Gay Pride." What are we to make of this?

The quick and easy answer is NO!  No Catholic in good conscience can celebrate "Gay Pride." Despite the marches meant to convey a desire for equal rights and recognition, no Catholic can celebrate or participate in them.  This is not because gay people are pariahs or do not deserve rights, rather, it is because of what they are truly celebrating and representing, sin. Sodomy is one of the sins that cries out to heaven for vengeance (Genesis 18:20-21). The story of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah pretty much describes a "Gay Pride" event.  We have the 2 angels who come to Lot's house and all the men in the towns come to see them. They lust after the angels who were in human male form and clearly attracted the men.  Some liberal scholars are quick to claim that this story is about inhospitality. 

In other words, Sodom and Gomorrah were annihilated because the people were inhospitable. While Ezekiel 16:49-50 does state the sins of Sodom and mentions that they did not help the poor and needy, it does say that they did detestable things before God's presence.  Jude 7 also mentions that the residents of the cities went after "strange flesh." Some translations describe it as sexual perversions that the Lord detests.  We can surmise that the main reason Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed was because of their homosexual activities. Leviticus 20:13 states: “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense." So we see how God calls homosexual sexual activities "detestable." The word "detestable" is used in all the aforementioned verses so we can link them all to homosexual sexual acts, not inhospitality which is not described as "detestable."  "Strange flesh" means engaging in activities of the flesh (sex) that are unnatural or "strange."  In today's world, we can see this term applicable to transgender people and others who mutilate themselves for sexual purposes. 

That being stated, we can see that homosexuality is not something taken lightly. While homosexuality by itself as a same-sex attraction is not sinful, the mere presence of it is dangerous. Gay Pride events are often a display of sexual liberation rather than achievements by the gay community. We never heard about Alan Turing, Langston Hughes, or other homosexuals being honored or celebrated. We never hear about the LGBTQIA community being educated on their lives and achievements. Instead, we see displays of sexual activities. From sadism and bondage displays to nudity and males in thongs exhibiting muscular bodies, large buttocks, and even large genitals. These can be seen in online videos and in person during Pride. Other times, sexual acts are actually performed explicitly and implicitly. It is just a display of perversion and lust.  In light of this, no Catholic or religiously moral person can support these events in any form.  


Ephesians 5:11-14 

"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: 'Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.'”


The fact that is it called "Pride" is disturbing enough. As stated, it is a capital sin.  Pride is what caused the Seraphim Lucifer to fall from grace. Saint Augustine of Hippo said, "It was pride that changed angels into devils; humility makes men as angels." Sacred Scripture speaks very badly about pride and how it hurts man and offends God:


Proverbs 8:13

"To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech."

 

Proverbs 16:18

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

 

James 4:6

"But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”


Now we can use the word "proud" and "pride" when it comes to showing joy in something that is good, such as pride in a child's success, pride in our own success, pride in the recovery of a patient, and so on. But when pride is centered on sin and arrogance in defiance of God, then this is the sin of pride. Gay Pride events exhibit this kind of pride. It is an open defiance against God and nature. It is like Lucifer telling God that he will not serve.  

As Catholics, we are supposed to evangelize. We are supposed to help others come to Christ, not endorse their sin.  The catechism describes homosexuality and what must be done with those who have this condition in this manner:

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.

Note that we must respect them, have compassion for them and be sensitive to them. However, they are called to chastity, self-mastery and so on just like the rest of us.  As Christians, we must care for each other and be our brother's keepers, so to speak. We cannot just leave our brothers and sisters to wallow in sin and perdition. God will never endorse homosexuality. We see this in Scripture how homosexuality, in particular, homosexual acts as detestable and even deserving of death.  Along with Leviticus 20:13, there are other passages of Sacred Scripture that condemn homosexual acts and homosexuality. One clearly states that homosexuals will not inherit heaven.


Romans 1:26-27

"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another."


1 Corinthians 6:9-11

"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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."


Not inheriting the kingdom of heaven is a serious thing that we all should be concerned with. The whole purpose of creation, the whole purpose of Scripture, Tradition, Judaism, the Commandments, the Catholic Church, the Sacraments, Jesus' conception, birth, death, and resurrection is so that we can have a shot to be saved and be with Him in the kingdom of heaven. This is the goal. This is what it is all about. To celebrate something that deprives us of the kingdom of heaven is absurd. Therefore, Catholics can never celebrate Gay Pride. It goes against God and nature. It is a celebration of the sin that cries out to the heavens for vengeance and against the natural paradigm of complementarity that allows for the existence of life and the continuation of evolution. Our bodies were simply not made for homosexual activity. This is why we see the spread of HIV and other STDs in homosexuals at an alarming rate. 

Excuse me for the bluntness and vulgarity, but when you insert a penis into an anus, it tears the skin. There is blood. Blood is a conduit for the spread of viruses and diseases. When two women engage in frottage or rubbing each other's vaginas with one another, there is physical contact. STDs like herpes and other contagious viruses easily spread. Now this does not mean heterosexuals are immune. What it means is that homosexual activities make it easier for diseases to spread. We saw this after the Covid-19 Coronavirus lockdown where gay men were spreading Monkey Pox. Moreover, when people engage in fellatio or oral sex, all kinds of disgusting things are exchanged which will lead to disease and even cancer. Then there is the practice of anilingus or "rimming" as gays call it. This is when someone licks another person's buttocks and anus sometimes even sucking on it or inserting tongues into it. This is a revolting act that is clearly unhealthy and unhygienic. 

We all know what comes out of an anus. To place one's mouth there and tongue is just asking for trouble. Hepatitis, herpes, and other diseases can spread via this act due to the presence of fecal matter and other viruses and bacteria.  If this is not nature warning us to stop the nonsense, I do not know what is.  There are even homosexuals who love to be "squashed" by heavier men or women. They get sexual gratification upon feeling the massive weight of an obese person on their frame. Others enjoy getting "face sat."  They get sexual gratification from having someone place their buttocks on their face. The feel and smell turn them on sexually. Some like to have someone release flatulence on their face as well. I can go on and on about what I learned from abnormal psychology and LGBTQ studies courses, reading other materials, and gay friends. It is an interesting world, so to speak. Very strange indeed!  It is demonic!  St. Augustine says it best:

It was pride that changed angels into devils; humility makes men as angels. 

This is what someone who attends "Gay Pride" celebrates. Would this be something Jesus would do? Most of us are familiar with the "WWYD" acronym that represents What Would Jesus Do?  Would Jesus attend Pride? The answer is no unless He was there to call the people there to "sin no more." Remember John 8:11?  We are called to tell manifest sinners to "Go and sin no more," not encourage their sin and bad behavior. We condemn them and ourselves in the process.  Any Catholic whether clergy or not who tells you that Gay Pride is okay is either extremely stupid or is using the guise of Catholicism to spread an agenda. He or she is a spy agent for satan, not a child of the light.  This goes the same for any Protestant, Jewish, or Muslim cleric or layperson. If they tell their congregations that celebrating Pride is okay, they too are agents of the enemy who wants our destruction.  

So unless you are going to Gay Pride to preach the Gospel, you are not supposed to be there celebrating and encouraging sin.  Gay Pride is out of the equation for Catholics.  If you celebrate Pride, attend the events, and wave and display the colorful flags, then you are part of the problem. You condemn yourself and your homosexual brothers and sisters in the process. You are an agent for the enemy who wishes the destruction of humanity due to his envy (Wisdom 2:24). 


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