Although it does depend upon what you mean by cured of course:
The 84-year-old Archbishop Emeritus of Pamplona said: “Homosexuality is a deficient way of manifesting sexuality because (sexuality) has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.” “Homosexuality, which can’t achieve this purpose, is a failing,” he said in an interview with Malaga-based newspaper Diario Sur, published Sunday.
He went on to compare it to his own deficiency of high blood pressure. “Our bodies have many deficiencies. I have high blood pressure — a deficiency I have to correct as I can.” With this in mind he continued:“Saying homosexuals suffer a deficiency is not an insult. It’s a help because in many cases of homosexuality it is possible to recover and become normal with the right treatment.” His comments brought swift criticism from some quarters.
Within Catholic teaching of course he’s absolutely correct. Any sex must be open to the possibility of conception. This is how we get to the ban on contraception for example.
And if you want to say that it is homosexual sex itself that is the problem or the sin then of course it is indeed possible to, sometimes, “cure” that. And it is the sex itself that is the sin: no Catholic teaching says that same sex attraction is a sin in the slightest. It’s the act not the inclination.
It’s also true that sexual attraction and or desire operate on a spectrum, from the determinedly heterosexual through to the determinedly homosexual with an awful lot of waverers either way in the middle (as well as all sorts of other options like asexuality etc). And as we also all know people’s behaviour can in deed be affected by incentives. So it’s entirely possible to push some of those waverers either way along the spectrum with the appropriate carrots and or sticks.
It’s not going to change desires but one can indeed change actions, to some extent.
So, all in all the Cardinal is entirely correct….but only if you accept the initial assumptions that he’s making. Note that he doesn’t say that “being homosexual” is the problem, but that it’s a deficient method of manifesting sexuality. It’s the act. And, as above, it’s not open to the possibility of conception and thus ain’t kosher.
I’ve no problem with anyone at all insisting that this is a load of old cobblers. I most certainly don’t live my life on the basis of Catholic sexual teachings. But before everyone goes all wobbly and starts screaming about homophobia and the like, it is worth understanding the argument that is being made. In the strictest terms of Catholic teaching having gay sex is no more, and no less, sinful that doing it with your girlfriend using a rubber johnny. You might not like or agree with that view but that is what is actually being said here.