Following the Catholic Church's sexual moral tradition, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has also strongly criticized efforts to portray homosexual unions as marriages. "Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties, and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives." Given this view of marriage, the church opposes homosexual unions as contrary to natural moral law and Christian tradition. At the same time the church insists that homosexual persons "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." In contrast Orthodoxy does not debate this issue, nor does it feel necessary to pronounce, taking the position that silence is better than condemnation.

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