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Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

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Steven Clarke | 13 June, 2019, 17:28

He said it was not about people simply "choosing" their gender, as the Vatican says.

In the new 31-page document, the Congregation for Catholic Education hoped to combat gender theory, which it said was trying to "annihilate the concept of 'nature".

On the document also calling for listening and dialogue, Ms Philips said there is a contradiction there, as on one hand it says we should listen, but also says that gender theory is wrong.

Particularly it criticises the usual realizing of gender as being more advanced than the binary division of sexes.

"There is a need to reaffirm the metaphysical roots of sexual difference, as an anthropological refutation of attempts to negate the male-female duality of human nature, from which the family is generated", it states.

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

The theory "leads to educational programmes and legislative orientations that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy separated from the biological difference between male and female", Versaldi said.

But that support has not extended to transgender individuals, whose gender identity does not match the sex they were identified as having at birth.

The theories, it said, deny "the reciprocity and complementarity of male-female relations" as well as "the procreative end of sexuality".

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The document called gender fluidity a "confused concept of freedom" and "momentary desires" that characterize post-modern culture and rejected terms like "intersex" and "transgender".

The document provides notable reference to Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, while also drawing upon the excyclicals and addresses of Pope Francis.

USA Today reports: 'LGBTQ Catholics denounced the document, stating that it "will cause families to reject their children, and it will increase alienation of LGBT people from the Church".

The document issued Monday - during LGBT pride month - is the Vatican's first on gender theory.

The church made a case that children had the right to grow up in a family "with a father and a mother", and the document quoted an earlier Francis speech about how children benefit from seeing masculinity represented by the father and femininity represented by the mother.

"The only truth that the document reveals is that the Vatican remains ill-equipped to discuss gender and sexuality in the modern world", he continued.

And while the Catholic Church has traditionally had conservative ideas on gender and sexuality, in 2016 Pope Francis said the church owed LGBT people an apology for historically condemning homosexuality.

The group released the document during what is observed worldwide as LGBTQ Pride Month.

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