The new Vatican document on the priesthood and homosexual tendencies mentions a range of conditions, from deep-seated homosexual tendencies to transitory same-sex attractions. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist, author and contributor to the Catholic Medical Association's document "Homosexuality and Hope. Q: How would you distinguish between someone with same-sex attractions and someone with deep-seated homosexual tendencies? Fitzgibbons: Those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies identify themselves as homosexual persons and are usually unwilling to examine their emotional conflicts that caused this tendency.
So, what are 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies' anyway?
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Latent homosexuality is an erotic attraction toward members of the same sex that is not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action. This may mean a hidden inclination or potential for interest in homosexual relationships, which is either suppressed or not recognized, and which has not yet been explored, or may never be explored. The term was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. Some argue that latent homosexuality is a potentially iatrogenic effect that is, it is not present until suggested by a therapist. A theory that homophobia is a result of latent homosexuality was put forth in the late 20th century.
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Kleponis has evaluated candidates for priesthood and religious life for many years. He has given many conferences to seminarians and to priests. His doctoral thesis addressed the issue of narcissism and spirituality in seminarians. Fitzgibbons has given conferences to spiritual formation teams at a number of seminaries and to seminarians on growth in affective maturity. He has authored chapters in two books on the origins and healing of same-sex attractions.
As such, the heterosexual component of human behavior is by and large viewed as being genetic, whereas it is homosexuality that is primarily the focus of scientific investigations into human sexual orientation. A historical review of homosexuality in diverse cultures reveals that significantly many cultures have existed where male bisexuality has been rather universal and that all cultures have condemned exclusive homosexuality, either legally or with the threat of social rejection. This paper will attempt to provide a general underlying explanation for human sexuality as a whole. It will be argued that the varied forms of human sexual expression may be explained to some extent with the view that by virtue of their supreme intelligence, human beings do not possess an instinct to engage in heterosexual intercourse, human sexual orientation is fully determined by environment alone, and that due to rather universal childhood behavioral tendencies, human beings have a bias for acquiring a homosexual orientation over a heterosexual one or a bisexual one. Controlling this dominant homosexual tendency has always been a basic requirement for the propagation of societies.