‘Happiness lies in accepting how God has made us’: priests issue statement on gender

by Catholic Herald (UK), Staff Reporter posted Friday, March 2, 2018

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy said that gender dysphoria could not be answered by gender reassignment surgery 

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has issued a statement on “gender ideology”, which they say is an urgent challenge for those involved in pastoral ministry.

Around 500 UK priests and deacons are members of the CCC, which also has international branches.

In the statement, the Confraternity say that priests are increasingly meeting “individuals in our parishes unable to accept the sex in which they were born” – that is, suffering from “gender dysphoria.”

The statement is intended to help priests support those afflicted by gender dysphoria with “sensitivity and honesty.”

The priests say there is widespread confusion partly because “To suggest that a person cannot change their sex is immediately met with charges of hatred and bigotry.”

Nevertheless, they say, the answer to gender dysphoria is “is not to be found in rejecting their bodies or medically ‘correcting’ them, but in addressing the emotional and social factors that really give rise to this disassociation.”

They write: “While bodily defects can occur, even concerning sexual organs, they are clearly recognized as such and legitimately corrected. This is distinct from ‘gender ideology’ which states that our souls, or our psychological and spiritual faculties can be at
variance in their sex, or ‘gender’ to that of our healthily functioning bodies.”

Speaking to the Catholic Herald, a leading priest member of the Confraternity said that there seemed to be a “lack of guidance for pastors and Catholic institutions” on transgender issues, possibly because “gender ideology” had grown so quickly in recent years.

“Never has there been such an evident moral challenge to Christian anthropology with so little response,” the priest said.

He added: “There are already Catholic institutions that have accommodated themselves to principles of gender ideology and risk abandoning key foundations of our understanding of what it means to be human.”