Thank God for a courageous Bishop willing to defend the truth.
In a move that sent leftist spittle flying everywhere, the Des Moines Catholic Diocese recently laid out a series of “gender identity” policies that take a hammer to woke nonsense like preferred pronouns, puberty blockers, and cross-dressing. The “binding” rules apply across the diocese, which has 80 parishes, 17 schools, and over 100,000 members, and is overseen by Bishop William Joensen.
The new policies are the result of the many questions put to Bishop Joensen about how Catholics should respond to the radical transgender agenda being pushed on families on a daily basis. It took “two years of study, prayer, listening, and consulting” to develop a policy “that provides a comprehensive explanation of how to interpret and apply Catholic principles to daily life within our faith communities and schools.”
Among the guidance put forth: “Respect for creation includes respect for one’s biological sex”; “The human person is a body-soul union, and the body — as created male or female — is an essential aspect of the human person.”; and, “The mystery of human sexuality as a key component of personal identity is received as a gift created by God that we are not authorized to seek to change.” In addition, the first rule states that “no person may designate a ‘preferred pronoun’ in speech or in writing when related to ministry activities of any kind,” including diocesan schools.
This kind of clear-headed, sane approach is needed in communities across the country that are continuously under attack from a lobby that demands respect for their so-called “values” while failing to offer any in return. The trans lobby is heavy-handed, crude, and utterly lacking in morals, yet the Des Moines Catholic Diocese encouraged its members to “be welcoming and accompany families and individuals experiencing gender dysphoria with compassion and courage, patiently supporting them in their life journey.” This is called grace.
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