Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

Vatican rejects gender identity in official document	 	 	 			St Peter's Square

Vatican rejects gender identity in official document St Peter's Square

The 30-page document entitled "Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender in Education" comes in the second week of the USA recognition of Pride Month meant to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

"The misinformation the document contains will cause families to reject their children, and it will increase alienation of LGBT people from the Church", he said in a statement.

The Vatican has condemned "gender theory", the notion that people should be able to choose or change their gender, as a "confused concept of freedom" not "based on the truths of existence" in an official new document.

The text was created to aid Catholic teachers, parents, students and clergy address what the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, calling gender theory an "educational crisis" in the field of sex education.

"We should welcome the congregation's call to dialogue and listening on gender, and I hope that conversation will now begin".

It describes an "educational crisis" around gender and criticises the view that gender and sexuality can be "fluid", saying such theories are "founded on a confused concept of freedom".

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Even priestly advocates for LGBT Catholics noted that the document seems to rely entirely on previous papal pronouncements, Vatican documents and philosophers and theologians.

Advocacy group New Ways Ministry said it will confuse people who are struggling with questions about gender identity and sexual orientation.

Francis himself has shifted on the issue of gender theory and transgender people, moving from a hostile stance, as he did in 2015 when he compared gender theory to nuclear weapons, and a welcoming stance, as he did in 2016 when he met with a Spanish transgender man. But the document represents the first attempt to put the Vatican's position, first articulated fully by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2012 speech, into a comprehensive, official text.

"This ideology leads to educational programs and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female", the document states.

"People do not choose their gender, as the Vatican claims: they discover it through their lived experiences".

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which seeks to reconcile LGBT Catholics and the institutional Church, called the booklet "a gross misrepresentation" of the lives of LGBT people that could encourage violence against them.

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