|Vatican||OFFICIAL PAPER REJECTS APOLOGY FOR HOMOSEXUALS|
The official Vatican newspaper has published a strong counter-argument in response to the challenge of gay rights campaigners to Pope John Paul II to extend his recent apology for the Church's past wrongs, to homosexuals.
Acknowledging that the Church has always upheld the principle of "respect for every person," L'Osservatore Romano argued that this principle does not imply "acceptance or compromise with deviations in ethics or in behaviour."
The paper's resident theologian, Fr Gino Concetti, said that this attitude has been applied consistently by the Church.
Citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Fr Concetti wrote that homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered" and "contrary to natural law." Homosexual acts, he continued, still quoting the Catechism, "do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."
At the same time, the L'Osservatore Romano article points out, the Catechism goes on to say that homosexuals must always been treated with "respect, compassion, and sensitivity." The Catechism teaches: "Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided."