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By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews, February 13, 2020

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, head of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

( — To deal with the often confusing and politically charged issue of gender identity and transgenderism, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has issued a “pastoral guide” on the topic, which clearly states that “a person cannot change his or her gender” and that sex-reassignment surgery is “a type of mutilation and intrinsically evil.”

The bishop also explains that “gender dysphoria is a real psychological condition,” and such cases should always be handled “with gentle and compassionate pastoral skill and concern” without any “discrimination” or “harsh treatment.”

The guide sets the policy for the diocese and applies to “all Catholic agencies, including parishes, schools, institutions, departments, or other entities,” and to the people who work in or attend those agencies.

The policy states that those agencies “shall respect the biological sex with which a person is born and shall apply all policies and procedures in relation to that person according to that person’s biological sex at birth.”  ….

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