U.S. Bishops Slam ‘Trans’ Surgeries, Warn Catholic Hospitals Not to Participate – CatholicVote org

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued an unequivocal statement condemning transgender interventions and forbidding Catholic hospitals to perform them.

The document lays out principles on the broader issue of attempts to manipulate and customize the human body – such as genetic engineering, “cybernetic enhancement,” and other aspects of transhumanism – which is expected to become of increasing importance as technology advances.

“There is an order in human nature which we are called to respect,” the document states. “Genuine respect for human dignity requires that decisions about the use of technology be guided by genuine respect for this created order.”

The bishops rejected the idea that someone can be born into the wrong body:

The soul does not come into existence on its own and somehow happen to be in this body, as if it could just as well be in a different body. A soul can never be in another body, much less be in the wrong body.

Quoting the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the document says that biological sex “cannot be reduced to a pure and insignificant biological fact, but rather is a fundamental component of personality, one of its modes of being, of manifestation, of communicating with others, of feeling, of expressing and of living human love.’”

The document also quotes Pope Francis, who has written: 

The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.

The bishops lay out two scenarios in which technological interventions on the human body can be morally justified: to repair a defect in the body, or when the sacrifice of one part is necessary for the welfare of the whole body. These are contrasted with procedures which “aim to alter the fundamental order of the body.”


U.S. Bishops Slam ‘Trans’ Surgeries, Warn Catholic Hospitals Not to Participate – CatholicVote org

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