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The truth cuts through error like a sharp sword. These twelve Catholic cardinals and bishops have spoken out against gender theory, clearing the toxic fog spread by the transgender movement and its biology deniers. In clear terms these prelates call gender theory what it really is: destructive, anti-reason, neo-Marxist, tyrannical, a form of spiritual terrorism and demonic.
Please share these quotes:
Most Rev. James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska
“We are living in a time when ordinary human reason is quickly being replaced by ‘the barren thorns of passion.’ Our entire culture has been caught up in a kind of sentimentalized and relativized tyranny of tolerance: we vilify and condemn, ever more quickly, any sense of reasonable and ordered social policy. We have a vague sense that endorsing certain fashionable kinds of social and emotional disorders—including transgenderism—is a mandate of justice, or a victory for civil rights…
“But the Church will not deny that God created us male and female. We will not confuse respect and compassion with capitulation to a tragic delusion. Our Catholic schools will continue to teach and live the truth, because of our care for every student. We can only help students grow in holiness when we help them to live in accord with the truth. We will continue to do that, no matter the cost.”
(Source: Southern Nebraska Register)
Cardinal Robert Sarah
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
“[In France] they corrected me, they said I cannot use the word ‘deviation’, but I would not know which other word to use [about gender theory]… Even fools recognize that, between a man and a woman, there is a difference and a complementarity. Man is nothing without a woman and vice versa. This is not my own position, this is the position of the Church, and all Christians, all families are called to fight against this deviation.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke
Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
“Gender theory is an invention, an artificial creation. It is impossible to have an identity that does not respect the proper nature of man and that of woman. It is madness that will cause immense damage in society and in the lives of those who support this theory. With gender theory, it is impossible to live in society. Already today, in certain places in the United States, anyone at all can change identity and say, ‘Today I am a man; tomorrow I will be a woman.’ That is truly madness. Some men insist on going into the women’s rest rooms. That is inhuman. In the schools, you can imagine the confusion. […] Nowadays there is enormous confusion, which is based on the false idea that there are practically an infinite number of possible sexual orientations. The twofold expression of the human person is not heterosexuality and homosexuality, but male and female. This is the authentic theology of anthropology: that God created man: ‘male and female he created them.’”
Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez
Archbishop of Bogota, Columbia
“We reject the implementation of gender ideology in the Colombian education, because it’s a destructive ideology, [it] destroys the human being, taking away its fundamental principle of the complementary relationship between man and woman… Individual rights can’t go against the rights of the community… [we must] proclaim the family as the cell of social life.”
Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega
Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico
“The future of humanity is played in marriage and the natural family is formed by a heterosexual couple… The proliferation of the mentality of gender ideology… denies the natural reciprocity between a man and a woman.”
Most Rev. Demeterio Fernández González
Bishop of Cordoba, Spain
“[G]ender ideology is an atomic bomb that wants to destroy Catholic doctrine, the image of God in man, and the image of God the Creator.”
Most Rev. Rudolf Voderholzer
Bishop of Regensburg, Germany
“Gender theoreticians use the equality issues in order to introduce in society a notion of man that goes far beyond specific concerns of equality and, finally, paradoxically, leads to the dissolution of that which ought to be protected, specifically the intrinsic value of male and female existence. The gender theory implies a denial of the nature of man and woman and, hence, also the exclusion of the belief in God, the good Creator… the essence of man and woman is the potential to become a father and the potential to become a mother, respectively. These are not exchangeable roles, but, rather, gifts from the Creator, and, in the last instance, a calling… gender theory [is] an ideology that completely opposes reality and the integrity of human nature.”
(Source: Catholic News Agency)
Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki
Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
“The transgender activists would have you believe that their politically correct ideology is based on science; however, the American College of Pediatricians has pointed out that transgenderism is classified as a mental illness and therefore has warned legislators and educators that conditioning children to accept transgenderism as normal is child abuse. They advised, ‘When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind, not the body, and it should be treated as such.’
“… People who are confused about their gender identity—especially children and adolescents—should be treated with compassion and provided counseling rather than being further confused by activists promoting their political ideology.”
(Source: Courageous Priest)
Most Rev. Frederick Bernard Henry
Bishop of Calgary, Alberta — Canada
“What is at stake [in the fight against gender theory] is the very order of creation […]
“The primordial divine plan was spoken of clearly by Christ himself: ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female?’ (Mt.19:4). At the core we see the father and the mother, a couple with their personal story of love: ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Gen.2:24). The result of this union is that, both physically and in the union of their hearts and lives, and eventually, in a child who will share not only genetically but also spiritually in the ‘flesh’ of both parents. The family is thus the place where parents become their children’s first teachers.”
(Source: Catholic Diocese of Calgary)
Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island
“I go back to the very basics and in the book of Genesis we read, ‘God created the human family.’ Male and female, he created them. There was no third option.”
(Source: NBC 10 News)
Most Rev. Andreas Laun, O.S.F.S.
Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg, Austria
“Gender ideology, which is so popular today in the so-called highly developed world, is not rational. The foundational thesis of this sick ‘product of reason’ is the end result of radical feminism, to which the homosexual lobby has attached itself. It is claimed that there are not only man and woman, but other ‘genders.’
“[…] They want to force us all to believe in this fully absurd, new gender-fairy tale! But, is there really a ‘self-chosen gender?’ Experience points to a simple answer: NO!…
“[I]s gender theory demonic?…It is obvious, after seeing the many draconian laws in favor of the new gender ideology, ones that simply rape our God-made natures, ones that ‘change the form’ of people only show one thing: Their proposers want to be like God. They desire to ‘create’ new, self-made men. In the meantime, the Slovak, Polish, Croatian, Portuguese, and bishops from Italy and other lands have lifted their voices in protest. They are all united in their message: Gender ideology is a threat to civilization itself, especially the Church. The gender ideologues are a sort of spiritual ‘Taliban’ and they even have their own ‘sleeper cells’ ready to go into action at any time!…
“Yes, gender ideology is the destruction of man.”
(Source: Kath.net – translation is ours.)
Joint Statement of the Polish Bishops’ Conference
“The gender ideology (movement) is the product of many decades of ideological and cultural changes that are deeply rooted in Marxism and neo-Marxism endorsed by some feminist movements and the sexual revolution. This ideology promotes principles that are totally contrary to reality and an integral understanding of human nature.”
(Source: Rorate-Caeli Blog)
Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE)
(representing 45 countries in Europe)
“The Church does not accept ‘gender theory’ because it is an expression of an anthropology contrary to the true and authentic appreciation of the human person.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.
According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply.
(Source: Vatican website)
I have a hard time with issues like this mainly because I want to be an accepting and compassionate person but find that our religion teaches against certain issues where I would want to extend the compassion and understanding. How was Jesus loving and accepting of everyone-even the ones that he knew were doing something against his word-without condoning it? And what can I do if I truly feel that I have no right to judge anyone as I am not without sin myself. Isn’t a sin a sin regardless of context? No one’s sin is greater than another’s? Thanks.
Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment. I feel the problem we experience comes from people who tell us that to be compassionate and understanding means only to condone or accept what people want to believe or do. That is not true. We can be very understanding without being approving. We can understand and be compassionate, for example, with someone who is addicted to alcohol. We understand it is difficult for them to say no to a drink and we can feel great compassion for them because we know they’re going through a tough struggle, but would anyone think to say, “well, then alcoholism should not be considered a sin or harmful, and if you want to get drunk, then just go for it?” Of course not. We would still try to get them help to overcome their drinking problem even if they don’t see it as a problem. The same is true with people with gender confusion. We can be understanding and compassionate and realize that they have a really hard time identifying with their gender, but the solution is not to tell them to give in and pretend to be what in fact they are not. True compassion helps the person live the truth and does not encourage them to live a lie.
As a lay person, I have always believed part of the root of this is a personal lack of self esteem…someone believing they are not handsome, manly enough than most men, not pretty or feminine enough or having mannerisms maybe they picked up from the dominant person in their life (we are products of our environment)….perhaps a young boy emulates his mother’s mannerisms more than the father’s for whatever reason…spends more time with mom or father is abusive…..or a child who sees the opposite sex in their family gets more love and attention…. I believe the homosexuality attraction is due to a child having not had the love of the same gender parent and is seeking that closeness and love that they always wanted. We are born with a conscience…taught right from wrong….there is a lot of hurt in this world and sometimes we cant get the other party to want to discuss what is bothersome to the relationship…”there is nothing wrong”…”.you have the problem, I don’t” ….we need more compassion and understanding and empathy and we need to identify and fulfill basic needs…emotional needs. Are youth are so unsure of who the are or should be….too many parents are overworked and when not working, they want to be left alone…..where does that leave their kids?
Hello Joyce! Thank you for your observation. While the causes of such confusions are probably numerous and we may never completely understand what causes one to have same-sex attraction or to believe he or she is really of the other gender, I am concerned about the “accept whatever you want to be” mentality in our current society. It seems that no one wants to admit that someone with these feelings has a disorder – that seems to be a taboo word these days. To say someone has a disorder does not mean they’re useless, less lovable, “freaks” or anything like that. It just means something has gone awry and we have to help that person deal with reality and not pretend that there’s “nothing wrong” and just allow the boy to live as a girl, etc. Misplaced compassion is more dangerous than no compassion, and we are harming our young people terribly by pretending there is nothing wrong when in fact there is simply because we don’t want to hurt their feelings.