Vatican Rejects Idea That People Can Change Their Gender

Pope Francis walks past cardinals after celebrating a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Pentecost Mass is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

THE VATICAN RELEASED A document Monday stating that gender cannot be changed and the idea of it being a personal choice rather than biology is an attempt “to annihilate the concept of nature.”

The 30-page document entitled “Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender in Education” comes in the second week of the U.S. recognition of Pride Month meant to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Italy also observes Pride Month in June and a pride parade was held in Rome over the weekend.

The Vatican said in a statement that the document’s objective “is to support those engaged in the education of the younger generations to address … the issues most debated today on human sexuality.”

The text is geared toward Catholic educators, as well as bishops, priests and religious figures. It was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, which talks of “an educational crisis” surrounding the topic of sexuality and the topic of “gender theory.”

The document states that challenges have emerged because of the “varying forms of an ideology that is given the general name of ‘gender theory.'”

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SOURCE: U.S. News and World Report, Alexa Lardieri