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
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
tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts
are intrinsically disordered.”
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.
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.
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