We are Going the Way of Sodom and Gomorrah
Monday June 30, 2003 Homily by Fr. Robert Altier Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading (Genesis 18:16-33) Gospel (St. Matthew 8:18-22)
In the Gospel reading today, Our Lord says to us that the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head; and that was in response to someone who said, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Today, more than ever, we can say the same thing: The Son of Man – the Roman Catholic Church – has nowhere to lay its head. When we look at what is going on in our world today and couple that with the first reading which we just heard, we realize that what is happening is to be a true follower of Jesus Christ is becoming more and more politically incorrect.
We have the Supreme Court of Canada a week ago telling us that it is now permissible for homosexuals to get married. And then we have the United States Supreme Court just a couple of days ago saying that it is perfectly permissible for people to sodomize one another. This is precisely why the town of Sodom was destroyed. Those who want to practice this unfortunate sort of thing have tried to suggest that Sodom was not destroyed because of its debased way of life, but rather because of a lack of hospitality, that they were not hospitable when the visitors came and that is why the Lord destroyed them. It is made very clear earlier on that that is not the case. If you want to see it completely clearly, if there is any doubt, read the Letter of Jude in the New Testament. It is made very clear why Sodom was destroyed.
We need to recognize that if we are going to be followers of Christ we have to stand for the truth. Now the Church makes a clear distinction that we must uphold. There is a difference between a homosexual orientation and a homosexual act. The orientation is that someone may be attracted to persons of their same sex. This is an objective disorder, but it is not a sin. We need to be very clear about that. To say it is an objective disorder means something is not right. God obviously made us to be attracted to persons of the opposite sex. That is quite evident if one just simply looks at all the various elements of the human person. To be attracted to someone of one’s own sex just does not make sense, and so it is a disorder. There is something that is out of order if that is the case. But it is not a sin, just simply something disordered. If we think about it on the physical level, those of us, for instance, who wear glasses have an objective physical disorder. The eyes do not work the way they are supposed to. There is nothing sinful about it, but it is an objective disorder. One could look at any of the other things. If you have a leg that is an inch shorter than the other, if you are color blind, if there is any kind of physical disorder, it is simply not the way it is supposed to be. This is an objective moral disorder. It is not the way it is supposed to be.
It becomes immoral when one acts upon this disorder. And so one of the problems is that we have lots of people saying today, “Because I have this attraction to someone of the same sex, I have a right to act upon it.” No one has such a right. That would be just as if someone who were heterosexual were to say, “Because I am attracted to persons of the opposite sex, I have a right to act upon it with anyone, anytime.” No, you do not. Sexuality is something that is reserved for two persons within marriage. Because the two purposes of marriage are union and procreation and because two persons of the same sex cannot procreate, they cannot be married. It does not matter what the Supreme Court says in Canada, or as Justice Scalia made very clear, it is just one step away in the United States. And if anyone thinks that this particular decision that our Supreme Court made last week is somehow separate from homosexual marriage, you have got another thing coming – because that will be their next attempt.
We are going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. Tomorrow’s reading will tell us all about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and perhaps the fact that the last fully approved apparition of Our Lady told us that things are going to happen by fire falling from the sky and destroying the greater part of humanity. Considering that a number of European nations have already allowed homosexuality, Canada has, America is doing so, maybe this is why fire is going to fall from the sky. It happened once because of this, perhaps this is the reason it will happen again; we do not know that. But what we do know is that we must stand firmly for the truth. It has become a politically correct sort of thing to accept homosexual behavior. I am told that you can hardly turn on any kind of sitcom now on primetime TV because that is all you see. It is one homosexual thing after the next. What is happening is that people’s minds are being twisted. The media is doing exactly what they want and they are deforming the consciences of the people of America to make us try to accept things that are intrinsically evil.
As Catholics, we must stand up for the truth. It is wrong to kill babies; it wrong to act on homosexual desires; it wrong to commit adultery – all of these things that the Church has always taught and will teach until the end. But we begin to see very clearly what Our Lord said. We need to look at Him now and ask, “Do I really want to follow Christ? Because if I do, there will be no place to lay my head, there will be no place where I am going to be accepted if I am going to be a true Catholic.” Praise God! It is about time, but that is not a politically easy thing to do. We need to throw away political correctness and we need to stand for the truth. That is the choice we have to make. Do we want to go with the tide of America and other countries? Or do we want to stand with Jesus Christ? We know that if we are going to stand with Christ we are going to stand apart, but that is what it means to be consecrated. Each one of us has already been consecrated in Baptism, and we have been consecrated for the truth. Now we have a choice to make. Are we going to stand for that truth? Are we going to live the truth? Are we going to be willing to be ostracized for that truth? Jesus Christ was, and He made very clear what the conditions of following Him would be: We will have no place to lay our head. That is where the Catholic Church stands right now and that is a great gift from God. Now we need to make the choice. Are we going to remain faithful or are we going to waffle? Are we going to follow Jesus Christ and be set apart from the ways of this world?
* This text was transcribed from the audio recording of a homily by Father Robert Altier with minimal editing.