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News item: Less than 24 hours after yet another mass shooting in America…authorities said they were still seeking a motive. It seems the 19-year-old shooter gave us one. “Why are you doing this?” a witness heard someone shout. The response: “Because I’m really angry.” From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger—deep, repressed, biblically vengeful—felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized and all too often rejected by women.

Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person: body, mind, and emotions. It is the foundation of the capacity of men and women to bear children within the context of marriage. Human sexuality is also a significant factor in forming bonds of healthy relationships with others. In the crucially important arena of human sexuality, our first obligation is to identify the normal. Christian chastity defines normal and removes the frustrations that come with living abnormal lifestyles.

Sexual identity is not a matter of choice or preference. We receive our physical and psychological sexual character from God. Indeed, usually, the first thing we notice when we meet another person is whether the person is male or female. (Anomalies involving DNA and physical features are just that: unusual, atypical, and irregular.) Our physical and psychological differences—and the complementarity of male and female—are ordered toward marriage and the flourishing of family life.

The full significance of human sexuality is found in marital love. God commands, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Gen. 9:1) In this, He reveals his desire, with our cooperation, for a densely populated heaven. The duty of transmitting new life can be understood only by taking into account man’s eternal destiny. ….