A discussion about homosexuality on the World Youth Day internet site xt3 was shut down at the weekend.

Many of the posts in the Ask A Priest discussions were deleted by the administrators, where Father John Flynn had directed same-sex attracted Catholics to the support group Courage to help them live a life of chastity. Homosexuality was one of the most popular discussions taking place on the site.

While we can always seek God’s forgiveness, the Pope makes it clear that we cannot invoke mercy and love and then just use it as an excuse to sin, Flynn advised the WYD attendees.

He added the church viewed sexual orientation and acts are two distinct things, and would not be subject to the fads of the day.

But the debate showed Catholic youth were not unanimous in support of the Pope’s position on homosexuality as intrinsically disordered.

I will more than likely get hammered for saying it, but I sometimes think that the church’s view contributes to the pain that these people feel about their sexuality, which is real and undeniable, WYD attendee Christian wrote.

The strongest response was directed at Catholics who admitted their own homosexual feelings.
How can you believe in God and then go about committing disgusting sex acts with other men? If you were living back in the Old Testament days you’d be stoned to death, one post, which was removed but is still accessible, stated.

Others responded by suggesting homosexuality could be cured with faith, and HIV was part of God’s plan.

New threads with these claims were created almost as quickly as the existing ones were being locked, but are only accessible to xt3 members.

Melbourne writer John Heard said hundreds like him, both same-sex attracted and happily Catholic, would be attending World Youth Day.

We all struggle [conforming to Christ]. However, at World Youth Day, same-sex attracted Catholics can strive to overcome that pride, and come to celebrate the faith with the rest of the world, Heard wrote. “Acceptance members are invited too!

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