And that’s all there is, the church notes — one and one. Only two sexes.
And they ain’t the same:
“It is precisely within the nucleus of the family unit that children can learn how to recognize the value and the beauty of the differences between the two sexes.”
Some aren’t too thrilled about all the distinction. Jesuit Father James Martin wrote a book on reaching LGBTQ peeps called Building a Bridge, and he thinks the sleeping giant that is the Church needs to woke up:
Breaking: Vatican document takes aim at "gender theory." It rightly calls for "dialogue" and "listening," but sets aside the real-life experiences of LGBT people. Sadly, it will be used as a cudgel against transgender people, and an excuse to argue that they shouldn't even exist. https://t.co/UMAIKitD9w
Not only are there just 2 sexes, the Vatican claims, but you don’t get to choose whether you have a real or figurative innie or an outie. You’re born, and you’re either a dude or a chick, and that’s the end of it.
And check this out: Men and women complement one another. Like, fit together.
The Vatican issued an official document…rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make babies. The text, “Male and Female He Created Them,” was intended to help Catholics address what the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education called an “educational crisis” in the field of sex education.
Pope Francis has repeatedly argued the position that people cannot choose their genders. 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.
The Church also believes in femininity and — toxicity alert — masculinity:
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.”
New Ways Ministry head Francis DeBernardo — author of Marriage Equality: a Positive Catholic Approach — is alsospeaking out against the religious report: What the heck is gender, other than just something you discover, daddy-o? Check out his cool modern manness:
“Gender is also biologically determined by genetics, hormones and brain chemistry – things not visible at birth. People do not choose their gender, as the Vatican claims, they discover it through their lived experiences. [Gender] is a process by which individuals discover the wonderful way that God has created them.”
Interesting timing for the Church’s statement — in case you haven’t heard, June is Pride Month. Subsequently, interesting stories abound. Here are a few so far:
What do you think about the Church’s statement? Particularly for those of you who are Catholic, what do you expect to be the ramifications? That Vatican hopes to have a dialogue compliments of “listening, reasoning, and proposing.”
Vatican condones pedofilia by its actions & supports n comforts monsters in priest robes This should be no surprise but perhaps RC's need rethink on the churches relevance Vatican rejects 'transgender' term in official guidance on gender identity https://t.co/lUcRKgJFkP
"'By ignoring new scientific understandings of gender identity…the Vatican remains in the dark ages, promoting a false teaching that relies on myth, rumor, and falsehoods.' writes Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry…"https://t.co/2xlRn0nw3Z
1/2 Re: The Vatican doc on gender theory: This flawed, dangerous document promotes a "gender ideology" untethered from scientific research and human experience – which we know are essential sources of God's revelation to humanity. https://t.co/9XomMHaX3B
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