Re: “Why religious leaders stick to their guns on homosexuality” (Your Voice, 6-28).
Rev. Donald Heinz omits much in his discussion of homosexuality and the Christian conscience.
Since the earliest times, the Catholic Church has condemned homosexual acts, though they were widely tolerated in Roman culture. The church has always found in Scripture a beautiful explication of marriage.
God authors the one-flesh covenant between the first man and woman, and Jesus points us back to that primordial union. A myriad of marital images are woven through the Bible, representative of God and his people Israel, of Christ and the church, as a groom and his bride.
The image is especially intense in “Song of Solomon.” To be male or female is a positive, objective, foundational good. The two complementary sexes in holy union with one another become as one body, spiritually, and then literally in the conception of a child.
As for the idea that any church ought to determine what is true on the basis of polls – who could respect an institution whose teachings ebbed and flowed with popular thinking? Is truth to be bought as cheaply as that?