Homosexuality and the Counsel of the Cross
The papal magisterium counsels gay Catholics to join their sufferings to the Cross of Christ. This counsel raises questions concerning its assumptions about the complex reality of homosexuality, suffering as a dimension of human sexuality, and the meaning of the Cross. The implied theological anthropology may lead to the conclusion that a “crucifixion” of the homosexual inclination is required. While sexuality entails suffering, a theology of the Cross is needed that will also signal the possibility of Christian joy and hope realized in the form of self-giving love.
Crowley, P. G. (2004). Homosexuality and the Counsel of the Cross. Theological Studies, 65(3), 500–529. https://doi.org/10.1177/004056390406500302