The Lord of the Rings fan site TheOneRing.net recently hinted that author JRR Tolkien would be celebrating LGBTQ.
TheOneRing.Net made the claim on Twitter in early June after claiming they were “dealing with homophobic comments.”
They initially tweeted, “Look, we’ve been dealing with homophobic comments for decades and it’s still wrong. Whatever toxic arguments are being said now about the fandom and LOTR adaptations, it’s the same garbage that said Ian McKellen was the worst affront to Tolkien’s legacy. #Pride.”
Twitter user BlackSageD responded to this initial tweet: “Wait until you find out that JRR Tolkien is a devout Catholic Christian! Boy, are you going to suffer a major shock! “
BlackSageD added, “Actually Lord of the Rings was heavily inspired by Christianity and I’m pretty sure Christianity doesn’t look too well on people of the alphabet.”
TheOneRing.Net replied, “Tolkien has followed the church, and the church celebrates LGBTQ, so I think the surprise is upon you.”
Father Christopher Miller, a Catholic priest, responded to this claim from TheOneRing.net.
He wrote on Twitter: “What is HECK ?! as a priest of the Catholic Church, of which Tolkien was a staunch member, that I can tell you that we do NOT “celebrate” LGBTQ. You realize Catholic symbolism through LOTR, don’t you? lembas as // to the Eucharist the TRUE bread of life.
The teaching of the Catholic Church on LGBTQ and homosexuality is pretty clear.
Section 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church begins the section entitled “Chastity and Homosexuality”.
It reads: “Homosexuality refers to relationships between men or women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction to people of the same sex.” It has taken a wide variety of forms over the centuries and in different cultures.
He continues: “Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Based on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of serious depravity, tradition has always stated that “homosexual acts are inherently disorderly”. They are contrary to natural law.
The section concludes: “They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not come from a true affective and sexual complementarity. In no case can they be approved.
Article 2358 states: “The number of men and women who have deeply rooted homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a track.
They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Any sign of unfair discrimination against them should be avoided. These people are called to accomplish the will of God in their life and, if they are Christians, to unite with the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter in their condition.
Finally, section 2359 concludes the section titled “Chastity and Homosexuality”.
It reads: “Homosexuals are called to chastity. Through the virtues of self-control which teach them interior freedom, sometimes through the support of a disinterested friendship, through prayer and sacramental grace, they can and must gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
In addition to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published in 2006 a 26-page document entitled “Ministry of People with a Homosexual Tendency”.
In this article it is written: “The Church teaches that people with a homosexual inclination ‘are to be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.’ We recognize that these people have been, and often continue to be, objects of contempt, hatred and even violence in certain sectors of our society.
The newspaper continues: “Sometimes this hatred manifests itself clearly; at other times it is masked and gives rise to more disguised forms of hatred. “It is deplorable that homosexual people have been and are the object of violent malice in word or deed. Such treatment deserves condemnation from pastors of the Church wherever it occurs. ‘ “
Later in the article it is also stated: “Due to both original sin and personal sin, moral disorder is all too common in our world. There are a variety of acts, such as adultery, fornication, masturbation, and contraception, which violate the proper ends of human sexuality. Homosexual acts also violate the true purpose of sexuality.
The newspaper explains, “These are sexual acts that cannot be opened for life. Nor do they reflect the complementarity of man and woman which is an integral part of God’s plan for human sexuality. Therefore, the Catholic Church has always taught that homosexual acts “are against natural law. . . . In no case can they be approved.
They go on to quote from Saint Paul’s first letter to the Romans.
Saint Paul declares: “This is why God gave them up to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relationships for unnatural ones, and the males gave up natural relationships as well.
relationships with women and burning with desire for each other. The males did shameful things with the males and thus received in their own person the punishment due for their evilness. “
The document then clarifies the Church’s position: “Although the Church teaches that homosexual acts are immoral, she distinguishes between engaging in homosexual acts and having a homosexual inclination. While the former is always objectively sin, the latter is not. “
He continues: “Insofar as a homosexual tendency or inclination is not subject to one’s free will, one is not morally guilty of that tendency. While one is morally guilty if one willingly accepts or chooses to act on homosexual temptations, just tending is not a sin. Therefore, the Church does not teach that the experience of same-sex attraction is in itself a sin.
The document reiterates and clarifies: “It is extremely important to understand that to say that a person has a particular inclination that is disorderly does not mean that the person as a whole is disorderly. It also does not mean that someone has been rejected by God or by the Church.
He continues: “Sometimes the Church is misinterpreted or misrepresented as teaching that people with homosexual inclinations are objectively disordered, as if everything
around them were disordered or made morally defective by this inclination. Rather, the trouble lies in this particular inclination, which is not ordered to the fulfillment of the natural ends of human sexuality.
“For this reason, acting in accordance with such an inclination simply cannot contribute to the true good of the human person. However, while the particular tendency to
homosexual acts are disorderly, the person retains their intrinsic human dignity and value, ”he says.
It’s pretty clear that the Roman Catholic Church does not “celebrate” LGBTQ people as TheOneRing.net claims, and their implication that Tolkien would do so is far-fetched to say the least.