Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

one for the files

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 16, 2003

The shifty phrase "sexual orientation" is an important obstacle to clear thinking. It spreads darkness over the law and popular discussions by hiding the distinction between emotional inclinations, dispositions, or interests and actual or conditional willingness. Willingness is, or results from, a choice -- perhaps a conditional choice ("I am willing to do this if I find someone attractive and a safe opportunity..."), perhaps an unconditional and immediate choice. Emotional inclinations, dispositions, and interests, on the other hand, do not engage one's moral responsibility unless they result from earlier choices or are allowed to lead one to such a choice.

It's extremely compressed and not an easy read, but this essay by Professor John Finnis on Catholic teaching on homosexual acts is the best brief yet precise exposition of the subject I've seen on the web.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($15,070 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,929.98
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam 0 hours ago
An Appointment that Francis Should Withdraw 22 hours ago
A new approach to Vatican appointments? 24 hours ago
The rising, dangerous influence of 'transgender' ideology August 27
Does the EU flag evoke the patronage of the Virgin Mary? August 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8