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Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.
I’m a Catholic of the Diocese of Arlington, and on Friday Bishop Michael Burbidge called our attention to a new statement issued by the Diocese, entitled “A Catechesis on the Human Person & Gender Ideology”. Indeed, gender ideology has also been strongly criticized by Pope Francis, not only in several addresses but in his 2016 Apostolic Exhortation following the synods on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (see no. 56), and his 2015 encyclical on the environment Laudato Si (see no. 155). It has not, however, been a major focus of his teaching documents which, it must be admitted, tend to emphasize concerns far more popular in the secular world.
Consequently, in those regions plagued by gender ideology, there has been considerable need for bishops to speak out clearly against it, and indeed to teach anew the profound Christian understanding of the human person, which is rooted in God’s disclosures in both natural law and Divine Revelation. It is vital that such statements be firmly grounded in a proper understanding of the God-given nature, dignity, and ends of the human person. I am not sure how many dioceses around the world have issued significant statements on the problem. But this new statement authorized by Bishop Burbidge in Arlington is the best I’ve seen. It fills an important need. …
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