Daniel Mattson encourages us to shout from the mountaintops about sexual identity. I thought it a good idea to write about the nine forms of participation in sin, “gay” identity version. A lot of folks arguing for “gay rights” have said to me that they do not believe their movement is requiring Christians to sin. Clearly, they do not understand that participation in sin is itself sinful, and that there are many forms of participation in sin. Below are examples of sin in the context of sexual identity (CCC 2333) and Catholic blogging because so many continue to slip in this area. As you read this, remember that although you may not agree with this, it is something I am bound to by conscience as a Catholic who obeys the catechism to the best of her ability.
Source: Modern Catholic Dictionary: Sharing in Guilt.
1. Counsel: Advising someone to do something, particularly if you are in any position of authority over them.
Example: Encouraging a person experiencing same-sex attraction to embrace that as a sexual identity is a sin. A Catholic blogger, whom we can assume is not invincibly ignorant, who suggests that “gay” is a valid sexual identity in his writings on his blog is committing this sin.
(Note: Pope Francis has used “gay” as an identity frequently, but since he has only spoken the word, and not written it, we don’t know if he is using it as I do, in quotes. He also asks us to pray for him. I suggest we add this intention.)
2. Command: Ordering someone to do something, particularly if you are in any position of authority over them.
Example: An editor of a Catholic team blog who commands his writers to accept “gay” as a valid sexual identity is committing a sin.
3. Consent: Agreeing to do something as an act of free will.
Example: The writers on the blog given in the example in #2 above who agree to fulfill the command commit sin.
4. Provocation: Doing anything at all (including choosing to be silent) that would stir another to commit sin.
Example: Nodding in approval at someone who is arguing that “gay” is a valid sexual identity is a sin.
5. Praise or flattery: False praise.
Example: To compliment a Catholic blogger for writing that “gay” is a valid sexual identity, even if you don’t really mean it, is a sin. (UPDATE: I did this once, but it was in the middle of a Bipolar episode and I was not thinking clearly.)
6. Concealment: Hiding something that should not be hidden.
Example: To intentionally fail to point out to a fellow Catholic, who is inquiring specifically about sexual identity that “gay” is not considered by the Church to be a valid identity is a sin. This applies only, of course, if you are aware of Church teaching on this.
7. Active partnership: Committing an action, transient or otherwise, in support of something.
Example: To speak in support of the use of “gay” as a sexual identity, even if you only do it once, is a sin.
8. Silence: A choice not to communicate something.
Example: To consciously and resolutely decide never to defend Church teaching on sexual identity is a sin.
9. Defense: Defending evil as though it is a good.
Example: Defending a person’s choice to use “gay” as an identity is a sin.
As you have probably figured out by now, a lot of people are sinning already. That doesn’t mean it’s okay, and it doesn’t mean I will. It’s really easy to find out what the Church teaches about things. Because it is so easy, it is also easy for people to see Catholics failing to follow the catechism and thereby not understanding why they should care in the slightest about what the Church says. If you think you are impressing them with your nods of approval, remember how easy it is for them to simply look in the catechism online and know that you’re not following the program. We live in the internet age. We can use it to spread truth or let it become more and more like the Tower of Babel. I made my choice about that long ago. I do hope my fellow Catholic bloggers catch up to this soon. One can’t be “pastoral” on a great many things when it’s so easy to just look up what the Church says in the catechism. If it’s optional for you, then they have no reason to believe it is not also optional for them.