As the days draw nearer but darker towards the Nativity of the Lord, it has been small but significant comfort to see a beacon of truth and reason and honesty emanating from the US Catholic Bishops Conference shedding some much needed light of “leadership” amidst the ever increasing gloom and darkness of so called “transgenderism” and its ideology that eclipses the truth about the Divine Plan for Humanity; male and female made in the image and likeness of God. The full statement on this question can be read below and in the link. I for one am deeply grateful for this timely statement as the UK government in particular is hell-bent on forcing gender ideology down the throats of children and young people in our schools. The continuing saga of gender ideology starts to feel like a never ending soap opera of hyperbolic, emotive clap-trap of superficial lines learnt by rote from robotic untalented actors. Gender ideology, that “anthropological heresy” which flies in the face of all right reason and most of all in the sacred gift of human sexuality, made most holy by its embodiment and personification in the Christ Child – a boy, who would grow to be the man who would offer his life in sacrifice to rescue and redeem all of humanity from its damaged state. So as the “soap” opera of trans rights etc drones on and on and one is reminded of that ubiquitous catchphrase at the end of each episode of the US produced cheesy TV show “Soap” where the narrator would say; “Confused? You will be” one cannot help but think that for however long the issue of gender confusion and questioning/fluid sexuality continues, we must in these days of Light and Joy of Christmas remember the insight of GK Chesterton: “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.”
Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders
December 15, 2017
As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society.
We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.
We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good. “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27).
A person’s discomfort with his or her sex, or the desire to be identified as the other sex, is a complicated reality that needs to be addressed with sensitivity and truth. Each person deserves to be heard and treated with respect; it is our responsibility to respond to their concerns with compassion, mercy and honesty. As religious leaders, we express our commitment to urge the members of our communities to also respond to those wrestling with this challenge with patience and love.
Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it.
The movement today to enforce the false idea—that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa—is deeply troubling. It compels people to either go against reason—that is, to agree with something that is not true—or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation.
We desire the health and happiness of all men, women, and children. Therefore, we call for policies that uphold the truth of a person’s sexual identity as male or female, and the privacy and safety of all. We hope for renewed appreciation of the beauty of sexual difference in our culture and for authentic support of those who experience conflict with their God-given sexual identity.