Ellie Gardey | Contributor
The Vatican released a document Monday condemning modern gender theory for aiming to “annihilate the concept of nature,'” and helping to “destabilise the family as an institution.” This is the Vaticans first comprehensive document on gender theory.
The document questions the motives of transgender people, saying their gender transition is “only a provocative display.”
“This oscillation between male and female becomes, at the end of the day, only a provocative display against so-called traditional frameworks,'” reads the document, which was published by the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Italian cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education (Alberto PizzoliI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Vatican asserts there is irony in transgender peoples gender transition and non-binary peoples gender ambiguity in that they “actually presuppose the very sexual difference that they propose to negate or supersede.”
In addition, the document, titled “Male and Female He Created Them,” blasts this “oscillation between male and female” for supposedly ignoring the suffering of people who live with biological sex disorders such as Klinefelter and Turner syndrome.
The Vatican blames what they see as a destabilization of the family on gender theorys “tendency to cancel out the differences between men and women.” The document says that, according to gender theory, “the only thing that matters in personal relationships is the affection between the individuals involved, irrespective of sexual difference or procreation which would be seen as irrelevant in the formation of families.”
Different sexual identities are “often founded on nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants,” the document says.
Many Catholic LGBTQ activists immediately fired back against the document.
In a statement to the Daily Caller, Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, one of the most prominent organizations for LGBTQ Catholics, which is banned from all Church property, said, “Although presented as a call for dialogue, this statement reinforces the Vaticans entrenchment in a simplistic and outdated ideology of biological determinism.”
“The Vaticans stubborn refusal to reconsider its stale vision of gender complementarity as the exclusive basis for human identity and relationships in the light of decades of contrary scientific findings and personal testimony from millions is tragic,” said Duddy-Burke.
The Vaticans document proposes an understanding of complementarity between men and women that finds its fruition in the family: “The family is the natural place for the relationship of reciprocity and communion between man and woman to find its fullest realisation.”
Pope Francis, who did not sign the document, talks to reporters during a press conference aboard the plane taking from Sibiu, Romania back to Rome. (Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images)
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