"Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?" (Matt. 19:4-5; see also Gen. 1:27; 2:24)" Jesus is referring to Genesis. He is spelling it out clearly that the most intimate of relations is between male and female.
While we as Catholics,as Christians, should feel sympathetic towards persons with the disordered attraction [of some] to the same gender we cannot condone it.The Church does feel sympathetic towards ppl with same sex attraction. The doors of the Church are always open to help people live the life of a Christian. We are ALL called to be saints.We begin when we admit we are sinners in need of repentance and constant conversion.Jesus said we must take up our cross and follow Him. I know that living a celibate life may be a cross for some but that is exactly what is required.
IMHO the A&E network could have stood by Phil and defended his right to free speech and religious beliefs.It was in GQ interview;not on their network.They are going to be attacked from both sides. They could have made a statement and said that they disagreed and did not approve of Phil's comments BUT he has the right to those beliefs and the right to express them. They could have stood up for him even though they disagreed with his comments.Sorry that some people were offended by what he said; we all have to walk around on egg shells now? Not buying it.
Do you think they use this kind of thing to silence Christians who oppose immorality? Yep.Have they made inroads with this kind of thing? You bet they have. Even more at stake here is the ability of Christians to speak in the public square. We will be relegated to freedom of worship and that's not what is protected.It's freedom of RELIGION and speech.Good article re Catholic Teaching=>Catholic Online I would also HIGHLY recommend reading Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body,Human Love in the Divine Plan and Paul VI encyclical Humanae Vitae.
BOTTOM LINE:Phil was interviewed by GQ magazine.He was ASKED his religious beliefs.He spelled it out for them.
Phil is not a theologian nor does he need to be. What he said is true. What is also true is that he has freedom of speech and religion.I may have explained a little differently than Phil but that's not the point. The point is sexual relations between people of the same gender is a sin. In fact any sex before marriage is considered a sin(Phil did mention fornication)as is sex outside of marriage(adultery). This is not news to anyone who has some knowledge of what Christianity teaches.Most people know don't they?
You can get an interview and defend homosexual relations but you can't give an interview and speak out against it? Nope.Sorry.Doesn't work that way.I can come up with a zillion shows on tv that are horribly offensive to me. I grew up-and know you did-at a time when the garbage that passes now as entertainment would never fly.This offensive garbage is all over the place. (It's not art;it's vice). Where's the outcry? Silence. It's big money for someone.Phil states his beliefs(commonly known by most people)and he's pulled.I bet if he did something sexually explicit on the air or said something sexually explicit in the interview nobody would have said a peep at A&E.I won't mention any names but i do recall an act [recently] on tv that actually boosted the person's popularity and sales.Traditional values are considered 'intolerant' and 'bigoted' values.People don't know the difference between permissiveness and tolerance or licentiousness and freedom anymore.Homophobia.No such word.Made up.