FSJ & Touchstone Fundraising

From the July/August, 1998 issue of Touchstone


Objectively Disordered by Peter Toon

Objectively Disordered

A Sidebar in Kendall S. Harmon’s “Sex Without Form & Void”

by Peter Toon

Readers may be interested in a significant change made in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1993) concerning homosexuality.

The official edition of this most important work is now not the French but the Latin (Catechismus Catholicae Ecclesia, 1997), and it contains a correction of the official teaching of the Church.

In the French/English paragraph 2358, we read, “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial.”

“They do not choose their homosexual condition” was open to a reading contrary to the historic moral teaching of the Church, as articles in the liberal Jesuit magazine America illustrate.

The 1997 Latin edition (in translation) contains the received moral teaching of the Church in a much clearer manner in paragraph 2358. The second sentence reads: “This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial” (Latin, p. 598).

Objectively disordered, that is, contrary to nature, and contrary to God’s purpose within nature and for the relation of the sexes and for procreation. However, as another Vatican document states, “it is not a sin as such but it is a more or less strong tendency towards an intrinsic moral evil and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder” (CDF-PCHP, 1986, note 3).

Thus, all the loving pastoral care of the Church is to be offered to those who have this objective disorder so that they may overcome its inclinations and be chaste for Christ’s sake and for their own sanctification and maturity.

Touchstone is made possible by donor support. 
Become a Friend of Touchstone today
by making a tax-deductible donation to support
its ongoing publication both online and in print!

“Objectively Disordered” first appeared in the July/August 1998 issue of Touchstone. If you enjoyed this article, you'll find more of the same in every issue. Support the work of Touchstone by subscribing today!

comments powered by Disqus

This page and all site content © 2017 by The Fellowship of St. James. All rights reserved. Please send comments, suggestions, and bad link reports to webmaster@touchstonemag.com.


The Still Small God

The Mustard Seed & the Wonders of His Kingdom


Doctors Delusional

Transgender Disorder & Really Bad Psychiatry


Weather or Not

On Christian Stewardship & Climate Change


Greater Than the Sum

Why the Design in Living Things Goes Far Beyond Machinery


Believe Free or Die

On Mathematical Certainty & the Liberty of Faith


ETI In the Sky

What the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Means for Us

Publisher of:

All content © The Fellowship of St. James — 2017. All rights reserved. — webmaster@touchstonemag.com.
Returns, refunds, and privacy policy.