The Church’s pastoral response to people of same-sex orientation involves a respectful attitude and a sympathetic understanding of their situation in addition to sacramental life, prayer, counsel and individual care so that the whole Christian community can come to recognise its own call to assist its brothers and sisters, without deluding them or isolating them.
It is recognised that human nature is frail and subject to temptation. The Church's pastors are concerned to understand and to help those who find it hard to live in accordance with the Church’s teaching.
All are precious in the eyes of God. The love which one person can have for and receive from another is a gift of God. Nevertheless, God calls all people to keep his law and to work towards achieving a difficult ideal, even if this will only be achieved gradually. God has a love for every person which is greater than any love which one human being could have for another. In all the circumstances and situations of life, God calls each person, whatever his or her sexual orientation, to fulfil that part of his created design which only that person can fulfil.