The Catechism of the Catholic Church

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a written summation of all the beliefs of Roman Catholicism and is used as a teaching and evangelization tool. The Catechism also makes it clear that all people, but especially lesbian and gay people, should be treated with “respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” It goes on to forcefully state that even any “sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

The Catechism also teaches that as humans it is our duty to work, it is in our nature to work, and that employment should therefore be open to all “without unjust discrimination.”

While the Catechism makes no mention of bisexual or transgender people, or other sexual and gender minorities, it makes it clear that these principles apply to all people because of our common, shared humanity – and especially those on the margins.

On treating lesbian and gay people with respect and compassion:

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. … They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

On the duty to work:

2427 Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another. Hence work is a duty: “If any one will not work, let him not eat.” Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish. Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ.

On the nature of work:

2428 In work, the person exercises and fulfills in part the potential inscribed in his nature. The primordial value of labor stems from man himself, its author and its beneficiary. Work is for man, not man for work.214

Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of providing for his life and that of his family, and of serving the human community.

On employment discrimination:

2433 Access to employment and to professions must be open to all without unjust discrimination: men and women, healthy and disabled, natives and immigrants. For its part society should, according to circumstances, help citizens find work and employment.220