Pride or prejudice? Pride of LGBT or ‘the bigotry’ of the Vatican?
Gay Catholics have condemned a new Vatican document attacking transgenderism, saying it contributes to bigotry and violence.
The Vatican has released an official document calling transgenderism as an attempt to ‘annihilate nature’.
‘Male And Female He Created Them’ also says people can’t choose gender and demands the sexual ‘complementarity’ of men and women to make babies.
The publication comes at the heart of LGBT Pride Month and was attacked by LGBT Catholics for contributing to bigotry and violence against gay and transgender people.
Advocacy group New Ways Ministry said it would further confuse individuals questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The new ‘guidance’ is designed to help Catholics address what the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education called an ‘educational crisis’ in the field of sex education.
It calls for a new ‘path of dialogue’ and listening on the issue of ‘gender theory’ in education.
‘The real-life experiences of LGBT people seem entirely absent from this document,’ said Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest who wrote a book on improving Catholic Church outreach to the LGBT community, titled Building A Bridge.
‘However, we welcome the congregation’s call to dialogue and listening on gender, and I hope that conversation will now begin.’
Pope Francis has repeatedly argued the position that people cannot choose their genders.
The document called for a new alliance among families, schools and society to offer a ‘positive and prudent sexual education’ in Catholic schools so children learn the ‘full original truth of masculinity and femininity’.
It called gender fluidity a symptom of the ‘confused concept of freedom’ and ‘momentary desires’ that characterise post-modern culture. It rejected terms such as ‘intersex’ and ‘transgender’.
Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, said such concepts are outdated, misinformed and ignore contemporary science on factors beyond visible genitalia that determine gender.
Mr DeBernardo said in a statement: ‘People do not choose their gender, as the Vatican claims, they discover it through their lived experiences.’
He said the Catholic Church should encourage this process of discovery, saying it’s ‘a process by which individuals discover the wonderful way that God has created them’.