The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Vatican on homosexuality

In December the Vatican called for the decriminalization of homosexuality but opposed a U.N. nonbinding declaration on gay rights.

The Vatican’s U.N. delegation objected to use of the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” saying the “Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” introduces “uncertainty in the law.”

The declaration — also opposed by China, Russia, the U.S. and the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Conference — received 66 votes from the 192-member body.




Posted at 3:28 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/5/2009

Wow, it's stunning to find us in solidarity with China, Russia, and the Islamic Conference on a human rights issue! I do not mean to slam these other nations, but it is astounding that our values would be more harmonious with theirs than with the rest of the world.



Posted at 7:22 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/19/2009

Unlike the formerly Christian West, China, Russia, and Islamic nations do not eschew Natural Law, which clearly shows that same-sex acts are contrary to nature. It is the West, not the East, that is out-of-step with nature, and that also includes portions of the Church.

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