Vatican condemns gender theory as bid to destroy nature

Vatican rejects trans people says they 'annihilate the concept of nature'

Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry, said such concepts were outdated, misinformed and ignore contemporary science on factors beyond visible genitalia that determine gender.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 calls for dialogue but it notably criticises the modern understanding of gender saying it is "often founded on nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants".

The document describes a culture-wide "disorientation" that serves to "cancel out" the natural difference between man and woman, as well as "destabilise the family as an institution".

The text, whose release coincides with the LGBT celebrations of "Pride Month", says that school curricula are being planned and adopted that "reflect an anthropology opposed to faith and to right reason".

In its 30-page text, titled Male and Female He Created Them, the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education denounces an "educational crisis" stemming from efforts to indoctrinate children with mistaken notions of gender fluidity and human sexuality.

The document calls for dialogue, but issues guidance on a number of topics including the transgender community.

DignityUSA, an organization that seeks LGBTQ inclusion in the Catholic Church, called the document "dangerous, disingenuous and divisive".

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The document was immediately criticised by LGBT+ catholics, who have said that it will contribute to violence against LGBT+ people.

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.

A prominent American Jesuit writer, Father James Martin, tweeted: "The document is mainly a dialogue with philosophers and theologians, and with other church documents; but not with scientists and biologists, not with psychologists, and certainly not with LGBT people, whose experiences are given little if any weight".

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

And while the Catholic Church has traditionally had conservative ideas on gender and sexuality, in 2016 Pope Francis said the church owed LGBT people an apology for historically condemning homosexuality.

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.

"It is precisely within the nucleus of the family unit that children can learn how to recognize the value and the beauty of the differences between the two sexes", the document said.

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