The first thing that clued me in was using the word “transgendered” and then the rest of the article proved it.
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Transgender debates require distinction between theory and peopleWhoa! Hold it right there… “arbitrary social construct” what decade is he living in?
By Austen Ivereigh
October 23, 2016
How should the Church respond to the twin challenges of gender ideology and the suffering of those with gender dysphoria? So far popes and bishops have been better at the first, suggesting Catholics are more concerned with teaching than people -- but that is now changing.
The cocktail of controversy that includes gender theory and transgendered people is fast becoming the new culture-frontier challenge. The Church’s position has been, to put it mildly, ‘developing’.
The transgender issue is in reality two discrete phenomena, requiring very different responses, yet the two have been too often, tragically, folded into one.
On the one hand, it involves the growing awareness of a suffering group that often has been marginalized and brutalized. On the other, it is an academic theory that has grown out of feminism and gay rights that challenges the notion that gender is rooted in biological sex.
A person’s gender, in this thinking, is an arbitrary social construct, the result of social conditioning that can (and should be) thrown off in the quest for self-realization. Expressed in political action, it demands not just ‘rights’ for transgender people - their own bathrooms, and so on - but the abolition from public documents and passports of the very notions of masculinity and femininity.
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The first is that genuine gender dysphoria is a very rare (0.005 to 0.014 percent of males and 0.002 to 0.003 percent of females) but highly distressing condition triggered by a chromosomal variance that appears difficult to reconcile with the text of Genesis that God made human beings both male and female.Those numbers were used by the APA back in the 90’s, current number by the Williams Institute estimate our population to be around 0.5% and the number of trans women and trans men are about the same.
Benedict XVI put it best in 2012 when he critiqued the way “people dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”Sorry but I can’t go along with that; I cannot grin and bear it. I cannot ignore who I am. I hide all my life and as a result I developed medical problems because of the stress, the stress caused my heart condition, it caused my panic attacks. I will not go back to living a lie to satisfy your religious beliefs.