Published: Thu, June 13, 2019

Vatican launches guide to tackle 'educational crisis' on gender

Vatican launches guide to tackle 'educational crisis' on gender

Catholic schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God's plan for creation, said the Congregation for Catholic Education.

It called gender fluidity a symptom of the "confused concept of freedom" and "momentary desires" that characterise post-modern culture.

The Chairperson of the Transgender Equality Network (TENI) has said a new document published by the Vatican challenging gender theory, is upsetting to LGBTQ people as it denies them their identity.

The right to "choose one's gender", the Vatican said in an official document, is in "direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman". Francis has expressed an interest in outreach to LGBT followers, but he has also taken a clear stance on gender identity, decrying the idea that children are taught in schools that "everyone can choose his or her sex".

It's now no longer signed by Pope Francis himself, but quotes him and scripture within its reasoning.

The document was issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education, which oversees Catholic education policy, as a guide for Catholic schools on how to approach answering questions from pupils about gender identity.

Contemporary Programs Ministry, a U.S. advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, has described the doc as a "corrupt tool" that would possibly perchance be faded to "oppress and damage now no longer handiest transgender americans, but lesbian, ecstatic, bisexual americans, too". The document called for families, schools and society to come together and offer a "positive and prudent sexual education" in Catholic schools so children learn the "full original truth of masculinity and femininity".

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.

In a statement in response a spokesperson for CBCEW said it was a welcome contribution to developing Catholic thought on gender, but reiterated the Church wanted to support those who are transgender. "We do believe this is very unhelpful and I think it is hard as it denies the reality of our lives and denies the reality of what we find, especially with young people on the ground, and the work that ourselves and BeLongTo on the ground in schools for instance", she said.

The Vatican's release of the guidance coincided with Pride month celebrated around the world.

Reverend James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of "Building a Bridge", which looks at the Catholic Church's relationship with the LGBT community, said in a tweet that the Vatican paper "rightly calls for "dialogue" and 'listening, ' but sets aside the real-life experiences of LGBT people".

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