It is one of the richest possible human experiences. A person's best sexual orientation is the one that helps him get the most out of himself, spontaneously. Degeneracy, after all, was the reverse process of social Darwinism. It does not totally rule out interest in, care for, and attraction toward members of the opposite sex. Anticipatory anxiety resulted in phobic responses to social activities; the fantasy that fighting might occur led to avoidance of wide variety of social interactions, especially rough-and-tumble activities defined in our investigation as body-contact sports such as football and soccer. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church's pastors wherever it occurs.
Friendship can and does thrive outside of genital sexual involvement. The human body retains its "spousal significance" but this is now clouded by sin. The priest, as a loving and accepting father figure, can through the sacrament begin the work of repairing that damage and facilitating a healing relationship with God the Father. They do this in a striking way in their cooperation with him in the transmission of life by a mutual donation of the self to the other. Human beings see the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart cf. As recounted in Genesis 19, however, this is not a story about love or consensual sex between men:
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. At-risk children do, however, need special help, particularly those who have been victims of sexual child abuse. It should be pointed out that Catholics cannot support forms of therapy which encourage the patients to replace one form of sexual sin with another. The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving and live-giving union of men and women in the sacrament of marriage. Helping them to forgive can be the first step in healing. A Psychodynamic Study of Lesbianism.
If the rationale behind social tolerance of homosexuality is that it allows gay kids an equal shot at the pursuit of happiness, that rationale is hopelessly undermined by an endless epidemic that negates happiness. Quite often because of parental interference he was prevented from participation in the play activities with other children and had little opportunity of running, romping, rolling around, tugging, wrestling, and scrambling with his peers from the toddling stage to the kindergarten or school age. Deducing that it may therefore be legitimate remains a step too far for most. Surprisingly, it can be an outgrowth of weak eye-hand coordination which results in an inability to play sports well. American Journal of Public Health. The Church's doctrine regarding this issue is thus based, not on isolated phrases for facile theological argument, but on the solid foundation of a constant Biblical testimony.