Print Article A deep and tempestuous gulf divides orthodox Catholic teaching and the beliefs of many gay and lesbian Catholics. It is not a lover from whom Gina Marie seeks a gesture of reconciliation, at least not a lover in a temporal sense. Rather, it is the Roman Catholic Church, an institution she cherished and revered in childhood but now views as hurtful, indifferent, sometimes brutally cruel. Gina Marie a pseudonym , 32, is a lesbian who for seven years has lived in partnership with another lifelong Catholic.
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Punishment of sexual "vice" as well as religious heresy was seen as strengthening the church's moral authority. In January , the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope Paul VI published Persona Humana , which codified the teaching against all extra-marital sex, including gay sex. There he declared that homosexual intercourse is performed by a choice of the will, unlike homosexual orientation which he acknowledged is not a matter of free choice.