The Pope, in his speech on Christmas day, again “defended the role of the family” invoking a strong political consensus against the recognition of LGBT rights. The speech, as usual, is presented as a principled defense of the family in which the word homosexual is never even mentioned, a matter of style: nothing is done against someone but it is made to the defense of the essential principles.
In fact, these iterated statements are a response to the progressive enlargement of GLBT rights towards complete equalization with the rights of anyone else, which in a secular state is a principle of civilization absolutely essential and poses no risk to the traditional family. Homosexuality, as I have said many times, is not a culture that we can preach or propagate: “you do not become homosexual, you are”.
The famous statement by Simone de Beauvoir: “you don’t are a women, you become it,” quoted by the Pope, has an obvious meaning for those who want to understand it, in that sense also “you don’t are a gay, you become it”. That does not mean that homosexuality is a culture that can be transmitted but that awareness of the dignity and morality of being gay, beyond any teaching that tends to repress homosexuality is the result of a long journey and painful that must lead to the emergence of human dignity against any attempt to suppress it in the name of alleged principles of natural or divine origin.
What escapes the Pope or who benefits from these statement is the fact that the Gays and Christian Gays in particular (I do not mean those Catholics), not only do not feel bearers of an inclination “intrinsically disordered” according to the expression used by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but feel bearers of a message of high morality, freedom, equality, which can only benefit the whole of society.
Accusing the GLBT population to put at risk the natural world is not only false but is an incitement to hatred (gay as a risk for family and society) and a legitimization of homophobia. It is a moral depth that brings the GLBT population to fight for a more just and more humane society. We must not forget the suicides of gay teens and we must ask whether the moral condemnation of homosexuality that the Catholic Church continually reiterates contributes to determine these things.