The Vatican has released a new teaching guide, one that explicitly states that there are only two genders. What do you make of this?
The Vatican has pushed back against the concept of modern gender with the publication of their latest teaching guide, one that doubled down on their belief that there are only two genders.
The guide is a resource for educators within the Catholic system, ostensibly to combat that the ideas that “deny the natural difference between a man and a woman”.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that we are now facing with what might accurately be called an educational crisis, especially in the field of affectivity and sexuality,” the guide states. The church believes that modern gender theory (namely, where one can identify with whatever they choose) will “annihilate the concept of nature” with the church believing that it “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family”.
The document is to be distributed throughout the Catholic educational system worldwide.
With that being said, there has been some pushback from within the universe of religion, as Reverend James Martin (a US-based Jesuit priest) took to Twitter to state the following:
Breaking: Vatican document takes aim at “gender theory.” It rightly calls for “dialogue” and “listening,” but sets aside the real-life experiences of LGBT people. Sadly, it will be used as a cudgel against transgender people, and an excuse to argue that they shouldn’t even exist. https://t.co/UMAIKitD9w
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) 10 June 2019
Another on Twitter referenced the bible, particularly this passage from 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”