one for the files
By Diogenes (articles ) | December 16, 2003 4:46 AM
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.
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