Equally Blessed members respond to the Pope's comments on gender

During a meeting with Polish bishops while attending World Youth Day, Pope Francis concluded his remarks by complaining that children are being taught “that everyone can choose their gender.” He also called this “ideological colonization” by “very influential countries.”

Members of the Equally Blessed Coalition had this to say, following the Pope's remarks.

Call To Action

Call To Action is not only disappointed and dismayed by his remarks, but believe his willful ignorance is dangerous to those in the transgender community.

“As I’ve gotten to know those in the transgender community better, I’ve learned that not only are they not terrible, but that they, too, are beautifully and wonderfully made in God’s image and likeness. They have something very sacred to teach our Church about what it means to be human” says Ryan Hoffmann, Co-Executive Director. Read more

DignityUSA

What many, including Pope Francis, do not yet understand is that people do not ‘choose’ their genders. A gender is assigned at birth, and some people discover that they were incorrectly classified. The narratives of many transgender and gender nonconforming people show that this often begins long before they go to school. For most, the reality of their identity not matching their assigned gender persists despite incredible social, cultural, familial, and, yes, religious pressures to conform.
 
It is interesting that until recently, the prevailing belief was that people chose their sexual orientation. Now, even the Catechism of the Catholic Church acknowledges that there are some people ‘who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex’ and that this is a ‘deep-seated’ reality. It seems that we will have to undergo the same kind of conversion in our thinking about gender. Read more

New Ways Ministry

The pontiff’s remarks are further evidence that church officials need desperately to educate themselves about the lives and experiences of LGBT people.  Church leaders need to update their understandings of gender identity and sexual orientation.  The best way they can do this is for the Vatican to establish a commission to look into these topics with an open and objective approach.  The commission should include scientific and theological experts, but also LGBT people themselves so that they can share their stories of joy, struggle, and faith with church leaders. Read more

 

Comments

Ah well so Rome is at it again …. Denying science because it does not fit in with human opinion (even if wrapped up and called tradition) - apparently children are choosing their gender and Frankie's not happy

Lets look at this properly something which Francis as an alleged scientist should have done

1. No child chooses their gender or even their gender identity. In November 2015 Boston University confirmed that current scientific consensus was that gender identity was innate and inherent and therefore no more of a choice than eye colour (http://www.bu.edu/news/2015/02/13/review-article-provides-evidence-on-th...)

2. Overwhelming psychiatric and psychological evidence points to the significant benefits of a child allowed to live according to its innate gender rather than its physical sex (http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/04/transgender.aspx)

3. That no change in gender presentation is taken lightly and that any child rather than just “choosing” as Francis and others incorrectly describing is assessed in depth before any transition and that the process is viewed as part of a child’s medical and social development

Of course science may be wrong and some would of course shout “caution” but this omits three fundamentals.

Firstly science could be wrong about a lot of things but we do not cry caution or prevent treatment on the majority of interventions just to be cautious and nor should we.

Secondly nothing at this point is irreversible. In the rare cases where child, as it develops, finds that its gender and sex are congruent after all it is wholly able to physically revert to its birth sex. No cross sex hormones or surgery are involved until the child is an adult.

Thirdly as most Trans adults (including myself) will affirm we are well aware of out gender dissonance at such a young age and though unable perhaps to fully describe it or express it we certainly suffer significantly from it

So again we have a situation where Francis, Rome and other fundamentalists are prepared to deny the scientific evidence and the best solution for an individual because it does not fit with their world view. Let us not forget Christ never mentions gender variance and in the whole of Scripture even cross dressing is only mentioned once and that in Leviticus alongside the eating of seafood, mixing or fabrics and other cultural and historical laws long since dismissed as irrelevant even by (the apostle) Paul

From my blog http://rrbllauren.blogspot.com.mt/

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