Monday, June 6, 2016

Apparently Bishop Paprocki is an expert on human sexuality

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki explains transgender accommodations. According to Wikipedia, from 1974 to 1979, he studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor's in Sacred Theology (1976), Master's in Divinity (1978), and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (1979). What part of that education and training provides the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois intellectual authority regarding human sexuality? This, by the way, is the same whacked out bishop who planned an exorcism to protest marriage equality.

Now Paprocki writes “Common Sense Turned on Its Head Once Again.” Common sense should suggest that this catechist and theologian should stick to things that he knows something about. Yet we get this:
Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they feel corresponds emotionally to their self-identified gender rather than the anatomical gender of their biological sex. The issue has emerged prominently in recent national and local news.
Clearly the focus has been on school kids and Paprocki's language suggests that gender identity is a gratuitous decision. Where is the “common sense” in that? And;
In North Carolina, in response to an ordinance adopted in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use whatever bathroom they wanted, the state legislature passed a law in March blocking local governments from enacting rules that grant such privileges to transgender people.
While they were at it the legislators eradicated all nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Paprocki has indulged in a lie of omission. Peeing in the right bathroom is apparently a “privilege.” Paprocki's bullshit gains steam and eventually we get this:
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.”
American College of Pediatricians
This is outrageous. Surely the bishop knows that ACPed is a minuscule splinter organization that SPLC designates as an anti-LGBT hate group. Citing this organization as authoritative is intentionally misleading. That makes it a lie. That makes Paprocki a liar. What he can offer with authority is this:
Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki
The Catholic Church has some clear teachings on transgender issues. Catholics are called to treat everyone with compassion. Yet the church maintains that people may not change what Pope Benedict XVI called “their very essence.” In a speech at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2008, Benedict directly addressed transgender issues by cautioning Catholics about “destroying the very essence of the human creature through manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices.”
Fair enough but the Church is wrong and the Pope Emeritus is wrong. This has nothing to do with sexual choices. The Church wants society to conform to scripture but thousands of years ago science was not what it is today. The simple fact is that we know more about sexuality now than we did at the time of Christ's death. Benedict is right about one thing; For transgender people, sexual identity is an expression of “their very essence.” Once you accept the science and further accept that this has nothing to do with an individual's choices then you must conclude that transgender citizens are entitled to certain accommodations.
Here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, we ask that people respect these teachings of the Catholic Church in their use of facilities in our churches and schools. 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.
Legally they may be entitled to be backward but don't tell me that you are treating transgender people with compassion. It really pisses off LGBT citizens. We have heard the same compassion BS when it comes to gay people whom the Church calls disordered. Moreover, it is not transgender people who are confused — that would be the Bishop of Springfield.

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