Homosexuality is a troubling moral and that has been addressed with relative frequency by the Catholic Church in recent years. In certain countries, advocated by civil groups in particular, this practice is tolerated in guise of human rights equality and right to chose way of life without interfering with the larger society and in other countries, legal recognition has since been granted to such unions including the legal possibility of such couples adopting children.
The Catholic Church stands by the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality stating, “Basing itself on sacred scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 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 complimentarity. Under no circumstances are they to be approved.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357).
Nonetheless, in line with Christian teachings of tolerance, homosexuals, according to the Catholic Church, “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” This tolerance however must not be mistaken to imply that the Catholic Church favors homosexuality since the church is openly against such acts.