This past August, Pope Francis traveled to a church in Rome that has opened a shelter for homeless transgender-identifying people. “No one should encounter injustice or be thrown away, everyone has dignity of being a child of God,” Sister Genevieve Jeanningros told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
The good sister is quite right. We do not earn our dignity; it is a gift from God. Our equality is grounded in this: we are all equally and deeply loved by our Creator.
Some advocates express consternation that Pope Francis supports the Church’s teachings on sex and marriage while expressing so much kindness toward people who live at odds with these teachings. But no one should be surprised. This is what Christ teaches us to do: love thy neighbor and teach the truth.
Pope Francis calls attacks on the truths of our maleness and femaleness “gender ideology,” and, as he put it in 2021, “an attack on difference, on the creativity of God and on men and women.” He even referenced this in his popular encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si’, affirming that “valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different.”
Things go wrong in this world. The best way to care for people suffering a painful rift between their bodies and their minds is a matter of debate. Even though we share the impulse to care, the descent into gender ideology is shutting down that discussion, with ideologues insisting that all medical professionals and loving parents agree that surgically mutilating and possibly sterilizing even children with puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery is “health care.” And yet, the British National Health Service recently shut down its principal “gender-affirming” clinic because it had been “rushing children into life-altering treatment.” Thank God for those who are committed to putting patients above profits.
Amid this rapidly changing situation, the Department of Health and Human Services proposes so-called “nondiscrimination” rules that would prevent our ministries from helping people. In its public comment on the proposed regulation, First Liberty’s public interest lawyers say “Religious healthcare providers and institutions will continue to be targeted, sued, and eventually forced out of the healthcare field if Federal regulations do not permit them to follow their consciences.”
These new regulations are no service to the vulnerable. We want to serve people who struggle with gender identity. We also love them enough to protest an ideology that is doing great harm to real people.
But meanwhile, tens of thousands of young teenagers are being physically medicated and sometimes mutilated for life, the majority of whom would probably have found the way to reconcile with their bodies if left uninterrupted. Parents are threatened with being cut off from their children. The opportunity to self-identify has also been exploited by some men claiming to be women. Imprisoned women have been raped and impregnated by biological males forced into their living quarters. Women in homeless shelters and young girls at swimming pools in many states are being denied a safe space, and even the haven of female sports is being invaded by biological males.
We cannot be silent. Authentic compassion compels us to speak out for people who struggle with gender identity and for the victims of gender ideology, in all of the forms that victimization takes.
Full story at the Public Discourse.
When you glorify deviancy, you get more of it. More and more people that are depressed and unhappy with themselves are catapulted to the center of attention if they proclaim a transgender identity. And society will break apart.
Take Fr. James Martin, SJ, for instance.
Yes, we must love and serve victims of gender ideology. The Pope has described gender ideology as demonic. Those struggling with gender dysphoria need compassionate mental health and spiritual care, not dismemberment. And, if you wonder, they are in our pews too. We are to affirm people, all people. We are not to affirm mental illness, addictions, sins or anything that is destructive to true human flourishing.
More people are identifying as non-binary or gender fluid. We as Catholics do not support this ideology but the positive side is that they don’t try to medically alter their sex.
How can we support them through their confusion without undermining the Church’s teaching?
Tell them they are suffering with the psychological condition knows as gender dysphoria and need the help of a psychiatrist.
That does not work.
Very often those suffering this condition grow out of it
We didn’t have this problem before Instagram and Tic Tok
yes. and before the media starting thinking that what was on social media was news.
And, before schools were propagandizing kids
We didn’t have this problem before gay marriage and the normalization of homosexuality. That was a necessary precursor to this new sexual deviancy because it paved the way by desensitizing people.
Many of you write that we didn’t have this and such problem before such and such a time. I hate to break it to you, but this and such existed long before whatever such and such time, no matter what time that is. Same sex marriage did not cause transgenderism. Tim Tok didn’t create gender dysphoria. Gender existed before gender ideology and Pope’s calling it that. It’s just that you didn’t see these things. They were in your town, school, family, and they sat next to you in the pews. Now that you see, you are called to react with love and compassion, and maybe a little bit of embarrassment at not seeing what was right in front of you, not hate or derision, or discrimination. Or false accusations
There have been transgender people but we did not have schools indoctrinating kids into this ideology. It became of big issue when young kids and teens started being taught or supported in this, sometimes behind the parents backs.
Did clowns indoctrinate kids into becoming clowns? Did mothers indoctrinate the boys in the class to want to be moms? Did the guy who came to class to teach kids aybout his quadriplegia indoctrinate kids into getting into traffic accidents?
There are no transgender people. There are mentally ill people who think they are or desire to be the opposite sex from what their biological sex is. Transgenderism is as false as transpeciesism.
Are you calling transgender people clowns?
People get transgender people confused with those who teach gender ideology.
People’s experiences are their experiences and trivializing it by comparing to paraplegics and clowns and even moms does not negate their experiences.
True transgenderism is an extremely painful condition.
Vague transgenderism can be painful but the pain is coming from somewhere else-such as rigid environments, lack of affirmation, bad homes, mean frenemies, inattentive adults, undiagnosed autism.
It’s not hate to call something what it is, even if what it is is deviant and wrong.
Tik tok did not create gender dysphoria.
But what we are dealing with now is not gender dysphoria. It is how much accommodation to make for it.
And how people (including transgender people) are being harmed.
Young people in general are not treated well in our society. There is always some grown-up trying to manipulate, or indoctrinate, or abuse or exploit or make a profit off them
I am sure that all of us old people had problems with that when we were young.
YFC, you strain to hold the high moral ground in this discussion, but you avoid considering what many are trying to tell you: the transgender craze, and that is what it should be called, is artificially manufactured by, inter alia, the medical establishment, by all facets of media, the democratic party, the educational establishment and by proponents of sexual deviancy. At the very deepest level it is powered by the same rejection of the Moral/Natural Law as can be attributed to those advocating the normalcy of homosexual acts. And in that sense, the post to which you replied is correct — transgenderism follows inevitably from acceptance of homosexual conduct.
You end your post with this scolding: “maybe a little bit of embarrassment at not seeing what was right in front of you, not hate or derision, or discrimination. Or false accusations.” A man who thinks he is a woman is most to be pitied, and there is no hate in so stating. In fact the loving thing to do is to help the man see he is very sick and needs help to embrace his God-given gender.
It’s funny how when the faithful want to cite Pope Francis to make a point, they can often cite this or that remark of his. They just can’t do that on every issue—because then they wouldn’t be faithful Catholics anymore.
I can cite him that the post-Vatican II liturgy is the sole liturgical expression for the Church. Too bad for TLMers that the pope said that.
Then, please cite that. It’s not true (at least in anything official, including Traditionis custodes.)
(And, why are you obsessed with the TLM? This story is not about that.)
Please give a source.
Gosh, don’t you people read Church documents? It says so in Traditionis Custodes. Here:
Art. 1. The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.
Unique: the latin word in the original is “unica”. It means “sole, only one of its kind”.
So there you have it: The new Mass is the sole liturgical expression. Stop celebrating the TLM, folks. At best, you’re delaying the inevitable.
Thank you for the source of your comment.
Now read article 2.
Only by taking that out of context can you make your point. TC allows for some celebration of the TLM. And, I think you know that. Also, there are other (permitted) rites in the Catholic Church, both Western and Eastern. The Ordinary Form is not the only “liturgical expression for the Church.”
I accidentally gave “Put up or” today, Nov. 12, at 10:27 am a thumbs down. Did not quite understand what he meant.
“’In the course of the audience, the pope made it clear that institutes such as the Fraternity of St. Peter are not affected by the general provisions of the motu proprio Traditionis custodes, since the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions,’ it said.
This would apply also to other traditional religious institutes, including the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest (ICKSP).”
The job of the pope and clergy is to teach the Catholic Faith and Morals to everyone. Teach those struggling with LGBT issues how to lead a good life, following Christ’s teachings. No matter what problem you have, Christ is the answer. Here is what you can do, step-by-step, as a Catholic with LGBT issues. That is the job of the pope and his clergy. Christ can help people overcome sin and suffering, and lead all people to a new and wonderful life, preparing for a beautiful Eternal Life with Him in Heaven, someday!
I just signed a petition of One Million Moms to stop the cartoon, “Peppa Pig,” now owned by Hasbro, from adding two lesbian polar bears as characters to the show. The two lesbian polar bear mommies have a polar bear cub, Penny Polar Bear, who enthusiastically explains to children all about her “two mommies” in her “gay family.” This should be against the law! Besides, animals are not gay! There is no such thing in the animal kingdom, as a gay couple with offspring! Impossible! Here is the link to sign the petition:
That’s the least of it. According to Archbishop Paglia (president of the Pontifical Academy for Life), Francis or his successor is going to write an encyclical condoning artificial contraception. What will faithful Catholics like Abp. Cordileone do then? How much longer will they cherry pick before realizing the emperor has no clothes?
I do not like this “victim” mentality.
The Church, the bishop, the priests, deacons, lay people should teach prayer to all people. This is the key to everything. Prayer.
Teach them the Our Father; answer their questions.
Stop trying to control people and give them the Truth who is Christ.
Pray for them. Pray with them.
There but for the grace of God go all of us. Teach them how to obtain grace.
Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the SCOTUS same-sex “marriage” landmark case, ran as a Democrat for the Ohio State House of Representatives. And on Nov. 8th, he lost to a Republican. Hope SCOTUS someday abolishes Obergefell vs. Hodges, and establishes marriage between a man and a woman only, as it should be. And LGBT adoptions of children should be banned.
America will collapse before that happens. We’re past the point of no return. Hunker down.
Christians have a duty to fight for Christ to the last day– even unto death. Many saints were martyred, preaching the Gospel, dying for Christ, from the first century A.D. And the Church kept right on going. Christ will win, in the very end.
In the story’s pic, looks like nobody under age 60 is in the pews, and there are hardly any men. We live in a dying church.
I think there are people under 60 in the picture. I am not sure that is an American parish. It is a royalty free stock image but the parish is unidentified. It looks like at. Anthony of Padua behind the altar. I do not see the crucifix. The green plants going up the ladder behind the figure is what made me think it may not be in the US.
Does anyone know where the picture was taken?
If so-called LGBTQ people want to be accepted in the church, they should just be quiet about the LGBTorQ, as they believe it applies to them. You don’t hear about any other group clamoring for special acceptance or acknowledgement in the church. Just those people. Don’t ask, don’t tell. Repent and convert.
Ok let’s not hear about your wife, or your kids Newman Club aka Marry a Catholic Before sits too Alsace club
YFC, to be honest, if I meet you at Church and you introduce your husband as your husband, I am going to go “Wait…what?”
If you just introduce him by his name, I’m going to say “Very nice to meet you.”
If you are at a Church meeting and you don’t say anything against the faith, you and I will have no problem.
This is the issue. Not whether you are gay but whether you are faithful.
YFC, the problem is you think homosexual relationships should be considered morally and socially equivalent to normal married (opposite sex) couples. They’re not. They never will be in the Church. They aren’t in any healthy society, either. We don’t want to hear about gay relationships in the church because gay relationships don’t belong in the church. They don’t belong in humanity. Yeah, they exist, but they shouldn’t exist… and that’s the whole point.
Did you ever see the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? When she starts dating a non-Greek and he asks what they do on a holiday she says “We’re Greek, right?” and then explains her family and its holidays.
We’re Catholic, right? Catholics do some things and they don’t do other things just like every other religion.
We don’t have to apologize or be ashamed of it.
No where in this article are the words “Catholic transgender victims.” Why? Why can’t the Church grow smaller and only “serve” faithful Catholics? Why must we be commanded to serve non-Catholics?
Same picture is used on the National Synthesis.