Friday, Bishop Mark Davies in Shrewsbury, UK weighs in on transgender matters which obviously have nothing to do with marriage:
Bishop Mark Davies in Shrewsbury, UK, wrote to his Catholic schools at the end of September regarding gender ideology. Excerpts of his letter follow:These folks are intent on redefining the English language. Gender is not a ideology. Therefore “the ideology of gender” is nothing but religious gibberish. Moreover, the use of words like “confusion” is offensive. It is these prelates who are profoundly confused — not transgender people. And if there is suffering it is at the hands of the world's largest anti-LGBT hate group. Furthermore, the “help” that they require is acceptance rather than religious rubbish.
Dear Headteachers, Chairs of Governors and Heads of Religious Education,
There are now many questions arising in the world of education concerning the ideology of gender which underlies transgenderism. I am not thinking in this letter of individuals who, for a variety of complex reasons, experience difficulty identifying with their biological sex, be that of male or female. Our Christian approach to persons in any kind of confusion and suffering must always be one of respect, compassion and understanding, together with a commitment to seeking appropriate help.
However, today we are being encouraged – sometimes forcefully – not only to accept but to embrace an ideology of gender which is beginning to permeate social consciousness with farreaching consequences. I have often warned that, in that vacuum left by the loss of Christian faith within contemporary society, new ideologies would emerge. For decades the Popes, from Saint John Paul II to Pope Francis, have warned that the radical ideology of gender would challenge the truth about the human person. In this short letter, I write to remind you of their words: When Pope Francis spoke to Bishops at World Youth Day 2016, his comments gained widespread attention in the secular media.Again that meaningless “ideology of gender” bullshit. The notion that these people are filling some sort of cultural vacuum is simply absurd. Transgender people have existed throughout human history. 500 years before Christ we find (with some reverence) writings about transgender people in the Hindu Upanishads. The self-manufactured crisis is the result of a better scientific understanding of gender. Throughout history, the Church has been intolerant of scientific truths that are at odds with the superstitions and mythology of their religion.
“We are living a moment of the annihilation of man as image of God,” the Holy Father observed, “of ideological colonisations … one of these I say clearly with name and surname is gender! Today children – children! – are being taught in school that one can choose one’s sex.”Well the pope, when it comes to gender, is unqualified to weigh in and he has been inconsistent. Throwing around phrases like ideological colonization and gender ideology render him a crank — a crackpot. His area of accepted expertise is theology which is what he should stick to. Children are not being taught that one can alter their sex. That is not the scientific truth of gender dysphoria.
According to then Pope Benedict:
“According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of; it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, whereas in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being” (Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, 12th December 2012).Gender is not a philosophy either. Nor a theory nor some form of anthropological revolution. It is simply a long and well established fact that some people (not very many at all) have gender that is at odds with their chromosomes. It's really not that complicated.
We are thus faced with claims that our physical characteristics do not determine who we are as a man or as a woman, and that gender is no more than a ‘social construct.’ And yet we know that sex is determined by physical characteristics which start to develop from conception. The Scriptures speak of these sexual differences being willed by God from the beginning (Genesis 1:26-27); they come into existence when we are conceived, as science universally affirms; and this complementarity of man and woman is ordered to procreation in which father and mother collaborate with God in the coming to be of a new person.Gender is not a social construct either. All of these terms being carelessly tossed around by asexual men. Maybe the right way to look at this — if you insist — is that God made transgender people special. Perhaps they are unique for a reason.