Two high-ranking California Catholic prelates released a joint pastoral letter upholding the true “nature of the human person” in opposition to radical gender ideology. The letter comes after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reasserted Catholic teaching on human sexuality in March, rejecting the “dualism” of gender ideology.
On September 29, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland published a letter declaring that the pervasive ideology that asserts that people can be born in the wrong body or switch genders is “radically opposed to a sound understanding of human nature.”
Cordileone and Barber wrote that the insidious ideology has led “to forms of cultural influence, especially via education and legislation, that promote a notion of personal identity which is left to the choice of the individual and that deny the anthropological basis of the family as founded on the biological difference between male and female.”
Obliterating the complementary difference between men and women, they argued, “would be an offense against human dignity and a social injustice.”
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