Vatican Condemns Gender Theory, Transgenderism Splits Twitter

Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

Francis DeBernardo, the ministry's executive director, said it would confuse those struggling with questions of gender identity and sexual orientation - and could lead to self-harm, addiction and even suicide.

"Male and Female He Created Them" is meant to help Catholic teachers, parents, students and clergy address what it calls the "educational crisis" in teaching sexuality. The Congregation for Catholic Education, which prepared the text, speaks of "an educational crisis", in particular on the themes of affectivity and sexuality, in the face of "challenges emerging from varying forms of an ideology that is given the general name "gender theory", which "denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman", and considers them as "merely the product of historical and cultural conditioning".

Gemma says they're not surprised by the document, but they are frustrated that it was released during Pride Month.

Several prominent LGBT Catholics immediately denounced the document as contributing to hatred, bigotry and violence against gay and transgender people.

The Vatican released a document Monday dismissing the idea of gender fluidity or the ability of people to choose their gender.

Dialogue through listening, reasoning and proposingIn engaging in dialogue on the question of gender in education, the document makes a distinction "between the ideology of gender on the one hand, and the whole field of research on gender that the human sciences have undertaken, on the other".

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

The document slams those who identify as transgender and rejects people who are born intersex, saying they go "beyond the constitutive male-female sexual difference".

It's a sign that the church is not changing, and it's most hard for LBGT Catholics who are still committed to their faith.

Pope Francis has repeatedly argued that people can not choose their genders, but the document represents the first attempt to put the Vatican's position into an official text.

The document has not been signed by Pope Francis, and the National Catholic Reporter reports that the pontiff had possibly not reviewed the document prior to its release. The Vatican is the headquarters and governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.

"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. "We do believe this is very unhelpful and I think it is hard as it denies the reality of our lives and denies the reality of what we find, especially with young people on the ground, and the work that ourselves and BeLongTo on the ground in schools for instance", she said.

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