The aim of this Synod-related effort was to push for the acceptance of homosexual conduct and unions by the Catholic Church and to marginalize bishops who spoke out against such conduct and unions. The demonstrations against these bishops likely had no effect on the Extraordinary Synod or the targeted bishops. It is hoped that during the Synod on the Family that will take place in October , the discussion of homosexual unions will take into account the serious risk factors inherent in the homosexual lifestyle.
In fact, an understanding of these physical, emotional and spiritual risks is essential to fostering a charitable, pastoral approach to those with SSA. Today, numerous peer-reviewed published studies report serious psychological and medical risks associated with same sex unions.
Ten of these studies are described below. One of the most extensive studies of same-sex couples found that only seven of the couples had a completely exclusive sexual relationship and that the majority of relationships lasted less than five years. Couples whose relationship lasted longer than five years incorporated some provision for outside sexual activity in their relationship. Outside sexual activity can expose the partner to sexually-transmitted diseases, and relationship break-up typically gives rise to emotional distress.
Partner instability is also present in lesbian relationships. A study analyzed the impact of sexual orientation on suicide mortality in Denmark during the first 12 years after legalization of same-sex registered domestic partnerships RDPs , using data from death certificates issued between and Danish census population estimates.
This study found that the age-adjusted suicide risk for same-sex RDP men was nearly eight times greater than the suicide risk for men in a heterosexual marriage. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study , 40 percent of the lesbian couples who had conceived a child by artificial insemination had broken up. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: A study of lifetime abuse victimization revealed that 7 percent of heterosexual males reported being abused whereas 39 percent of males with SSA reported being abused by other males with SSA.
Most troubling is the mean age of onset of cancer in the men with SSA - age 41, compared to age 51 in heterosexual males.
Most of that growth has been in men and the number of sexual partners was suggested as a contributing factor. By the time HPV-infection is detected, they usually already have Stage 3 or 4 cancer.
Finneran and Stephenson conducted a systematic review of 28 studies examining interpersonal violence among men who have sex with men. Depression and substance abuse were among the strongest correlates of intimate partner abuse. The pooled lifetime prevalence rate of any form of IPV was 48 percent. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Click "like" if you want to defend true marriage. SSA respondents who had become more chaste had an improvement in their overall mental health.
Measures of authentic spirituality were also positively correlated to increased mental health. Positive correlations were also found between chastity, religious participation and self-reported measures of happiness. The recommendation of an international expansion of this effective apostolate should be considered by the Synod as a primary pastoral outreach to those with homosexual tendencies and their families.
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