This calls to mind words of Pope Benedict XVI speaking to the German Bundestag in 2006, when he said: Man is not merely self-creating freedom. He is intellect and will, but he is also nature, and his will is rightly ordered if he respects his nature, listens to it and accepts himself for who he is, as one who did not create himself.
In this way, and in no other, is true human freedom fulfilled.
Though I am living a single life, I am no different than all of my other single friends who have yet to be married.Of late, much attention has been given in both the secular media and Christian media to those who call themselves “gay celibate Christians.” As a man attracted to men yet committed to traditional Catholic teaching on human sexuality, I find the notion both of being “gay” or “celibate” strange.Indeed, in the context of what the virtue of chastity is all about, neither of them make sense.They are not perceived as impositions that deny us pleasure, but as safeguards against harming ourselves and others. Despite what most people might think, the virtue of chastity, like all other virtues, isn’t so much concerned with what we do or don’t do.Rather, chastity is the virtue that helps us see things truly and objectively—things as they —within the realm of sexuality.