It’s almost Christmas time, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. (Well, okay, not really, but you know.) If you’re not up on Christ’s teachings, he was generally in favor of love and acceptance, and not so keen on rejecting folks. Sadly, it looks like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) need a bit of a refresher course. They just wrote an open letter where not only do the Catholic bishops reject trans people, but they urge the parents of trans kids to reject their children too.
The reason why these Catholic bishops reject trans people
The open letter, titled “Created Male and Female,” argues that gender and sex are the same thing — most people agree “gender is about what’s between your ears, and your sex is about what’s between your legs,” as Courtney Act put it. But that doesn’t stop the Bishops from saying it “goes against reason” to think that sex and gender are separate — despite even scientists agreeing this is the case.
The letter isn’t necessarily all bad. After all, the bishops say to show compassion to trans people as you reject them. They write: “Each person deserves to be heard and treated with respect; it is our responsibility to respond to their concerns with compassion, mercy and honesty.”
Unfortunately, that’s immediately followed up with “what about the children?!” nonsense:
Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can “change” their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults. Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of “first, do no harm.” Gender ideology harms individuals and societies by sowing confusion and self-doubt. The state itself has a compelling interest, therefore, in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it.
The negative effects when Catholic bishops reject trans people
Oddly enough, if the USCCB had thought of the children, they’d realize trans kids are much happier when their gender identity is supported. In fact, in cases where parents reject their trans kids — exactly what the Bishops are saying we should do — there are much higher rates of suicide attempts and substance abuse.
But hey, according to the Bishops, trans people are to blame for their own suffering for rejecting God. Just like how the Catholic Church keeps blaming the victims of child abuse by Catholic priests. (That is, except when it’s women’s fault.)
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