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By William H. Dempsey, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 24, 22022

William Dempsey is chairman of Sycamore Trust, an organization of Notre Dame alumni and others attentive to the Catholic identity of the university. …

When Pope Francis spoke out about the “woke” gender theory fueling today’s transgender frenzy as “a great falsehood” and “ideological colonization,” he doubtless didn’t anticipate that Notre Dame, America’s leading Catholic university, would become one of the colonizers.

But it has.

As part of this year’s orientation of new students, Notre Dame’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., introduced a video about gender and sexual orientation that flatly contradicted Catholic teaching.

The Church teaches that sex and gender are rooted in biological reality and that persons are either male or female in both sex and gender. But revisionist gender theory holds that gender depends on “feelings.” And it ranges over a host of variations: “a-gender,” “bi-gender,” “cis-gender,” “gender-fluid,” “gender-queer,” “gender outlaw,” “omnigender,” “transgender,” and “two spirit.” To name only a few. …

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