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“The Vatican’s new document on gender will be used to oppress and harm LGBT people. It perpetuates false stereotypes that encourage hatred, bigotry, and violence.”
That statement from New Ways Ministry was tweeted by Fr. James Martin in reaction to an important new Vatican statement by Pope Francis’s Congregation for Catholic Education. Issued during Pride Month, the 31-page statement is written for Catholic educational institutions. Titled, “Male and Female He Created Them,” the document throughout quotes Pope Francis, from various letters and statements to encyclicals like Laudato Si and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the latter of which states: “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created…. Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies.” Sex education must avoid the “pretension” to attempt to “cancel out sexual difference because one no longer knows how to deal with it.”
The reaction to the Vatican document is telling. ….