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Part Three

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Rape

is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of

another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply

wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to

which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can

mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver

still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those

responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them.

Chastity and homosexuality

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Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between

women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attrac­

tion toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of

forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its

psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on

Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave

depravity,

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tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts

are intrinsically disordered.”

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They are contrary to the natural law.

They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from

a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circum­

stances can they be approved.

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The number of men and women who have deep-seated

homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is

objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They

must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every

sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if

they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the

difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

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Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues

of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the

support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental

grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach

Christian perfection.

141 Cf.

Gen

19:1-29;

Rom

1:24-27;

1 Cor

6:10;

1 Tim

1:10.

142 CDF,

Persona humana

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