The caustic comments, whether in jest or serious, hurt a lot of people. People feel justified in their comments because somehow some sinners are less worthy of compassion and understanding. It seems to me that some people think that compassion and understanding are somehow passions to be overcome. Some people act as if compassion and understanding means that one is liberal and is willing to excuse/justify sinful behavior. I just don't understand that. Our Lord in the midst of His brutal, but saving, Passion sought to pardon the transgressions of those who murdered Him. He was nothing but compassionate.
There are many in the Church who struggle with homosexuality. They often feel alone. They struggle to remain celibate, something that verges on an impossibility in this day and age, but is even more difficult when all they hear is caustic, mean-spirited comments from people in the Church, those very people who are essential in ensuring their salvation. The celibate person cannot endure this yoke without his or her brothers and sisters in the Faith and most do not endure. They feel isolated, completely alone. Some here will say that they aren't speaking about celibate homosexuals, but only sexually active ones, but for those who struggle, that doesn't mean much. The memories of teasing and taunting they endured from their peers and adults growing up comes whirling back and hits like a fist. For many, it is a reminder of how different they are and alone and a reminder to not hold out hope for a community that will support them.
Many of your brothers and sisters who struggle with this issue have little support from anyone. The gay community pities them and tries to "enlighten" them and/or holds them in absolute contempt and the Christian community doesn't seem to know how/is uncomfortable with/doesn't want to support those who struggle and/or holds them in absolute contempt.
It is moments like these when the world seems most dark. When those evil thoughts that the devil tries to put into the minds of those who struggle, those thoughts they constantly battle against, find their voice in the servants of Christ.
I won't be returning to this thread and not even sure if I can return to this forum. I'm not sure I could bear any of the responses I might get.
Lord, have mercy on your servants.