Trans people ‘annihilate…the concept of nature’, according to The Vatican.
In a new document entitled Male And Female He Created Them and described as an ‘aid for Catholic schoolteachers and parents’, the Congregation for Catholic Education says that trans people are experiencing ‘nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants’.
According to the 31-page document, which has not been signed by Pope Francis, the biological differences between men and women are ‘constitutive of human identity,’ while ‘efforts to go beyond the difference, such as the ideas of “intersex” or “transgender”, lead to a masculinity or feminity that is ambiguous.’
The document says that ‘gender theory’ forces people to ‘move away from nature’. It states: ‘In this understanding of things, the view of both sexuality identity and the family become subject to the same “liquidity” and “fluidity” that characterize other aspects of post-modern culture, often founded on nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants, or momentary desires provoked by emotional impulses and the will of the individual.’
The document has come in for fierce criticism from individuals and organisations across the globe, including New Ways Ministry (NWM), which educates and advocates for justice and equality for LGBT Catholics.
Commenting on the document, NWM’s Francis DeBernardo said: "The Vatican’s new document on gender identity, Male And Female He Created Them, is a harmful tool that will be used to oppress and harm not only transgender people, but lesbian, gay, bisexual people, too. The document associates sexual and gender minorities with libertine sexuality, a gross misrepresentation of the lives of LGBT people which perpetuates and encourages hatred, bigotry, and violence against them.”
He continues: “The only truth that the document reveals is that the Vatican remains ill-equipped to discuss gender and sexuality in the modern world. By ignoring new scientific understandings of gender identity, and by refusing to engage in dialogue with LGBT people about their lived experiences of self-understanding and faith, the Vatican remains in the dark ages, promoting a false teaching that relies on myth, rumour and falsehoods.
"Because they have not consulted science or people’s experiences, the Vatican’s theology on gender is deficient and flawed. It relies on categories of male and female that were shaped centuries ago in oppressive and repressive cultures.”
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