Thursday 19 October 2017

Homosexual 'sins'

• Jim Ryan's letter (July 5) has highlighted a sad little truth of the Catholic Church. It is indeed a total myth that the Bible condemns homosexuality or homosexual acts.

There are passages in the Old Testament that treat homosexual acts as being "tovah", or requiring ritualistic cleansing if one has done them before approaching the altar, but they are not a sin, per se; acts such as cutting one's hair short and getting tattoos are similarly "tovah". Unfortunately, the word is commonly mistranslated as "abomination".

Similarly, those "condemnations" mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles are either condemnations of the general licentiousness which Paul saw in Roman temples as he travelled the Mediterranean or, rather infamously, come from 1950s-era translation of the Bible.

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