If people have these problems — which is very unfortunate and [they] need our compassion and help of any kind — [the Church must] not affirm them in their physiological disturbance, but tell them what their true identity is.The video is worse than the quoted portion above. Kuby, by the way, does not have a doctorate and is a Catholic convert. This is a reaction to some ambiguous statements from Pope Francis that suggest an evolving attitude regarding transgender people. They are outraged that he referred to a transgender person using the correct pronouns. I wouldn't count on the pope to make a dramatic change.
The piece then introduces some pretentious Descartes philosophy (which is mischaracterized) as if that has the slightest relevance to transgender people:
Using Cartesian dualism — which holds that man is like a “ghost in a machine” — as a springboard, transgender ideology holds that some people are “born” in the wrong body. Hormones and body-altering surgery are justified as appropriate means to transform a person’s body to correspond with one’s perceived gender.There is no such thing as transgender ideology. It is a construct that has been manufactured by priests and prelates in order to claim that gender must be binary; male or female. Anything that deviates from the simplistics of religious observance must have a basis in the embrace of a set of ideas that comprise an alternative — and thoroughly incorrect — theory of our existence.
What is really happening here is a demonstration of slavish devotion to ancient texts which provide for the separation of one's immortal soul from the real world. It is all just self-indulgent bullshit that allows people with questionable intellectual curiosity and limited critical thinking skills to feel as if they are intellectuals. The purpose of religion is to provide a path to an afterlife if one just follows the rules. The immortal soul contrivance is a means of shaping belief.
This would be relatively harmless were it not for parents who accept it without questioning the substance. Unfortunately that is not the case.