“HOMOPHOBIA” IS A HARD WORD TO DEFINE: Easily misused. How important it is not to misuse it.
The Christian religion gives no green light to using hatred of sin or vice to justify words or actions that might be reasonably taken to express hatred of persons.
If “homophobia” means hating homosexual human beings (not just fearing the condition and its consequences) then it is something a Christian – or anybody motivated by goodwill – must avoid at all costs
Homosexual persons themselves may be liable to self-hatred, given that certain of their habitual acts are inherently disgusting.
This aspect is seldom discussed. Yet it is important. We should want to release them from this feeling, while not underestimating their need to avoid objective wrong-doing.
Isn’t the homosexual “community” wrong in its resentment of – and desire to ban – treatments which might conceivably help persons wishing to overcome homosexual tendencies from getting professional assistance?
(But that is getting onto an issue separate from our key point of avoiding all hatred of persons.)
As usual, Saint Mary MacKillop got that one right….
At one stage, Mother Mary was dismissed from Adelaide district by the local bishop, Archbishop Reynolds, on unjust grounds.
She wrote to her Sisters warning them to be careful about presuming to condemn the Archbishop and his motives:
“Now, more than ever, we should be humble, patient and charitable and forgiving. If we cannot excuse everything, we can at least excuse the intention.”