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Vatican Slams Gender Fluidity as ‘Confused Concept Not Based on Truth’ Amid LGBT Pride Month

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Despite the widely celebrated "LGBT Pride Month," The Vatican has chosen to release a document condemning "gender fluidity" as “nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants.”


The Vatican has released a groundbreaking document surrounding “gender fluidity,” condemning it as “nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants” as opposed to “anything based on the truths of existence.”

“Gender-fluid” is a term that first appeared in the 1980s. It advanced and was made popular by philosophers such as Judith Bulter, who claim that gender is socially constructed, and believe that gender is not binary (only and always male or female), not necessarily tied to physical sex characteristics.

Increasing in popularity, year by year, the term “gender-fluid” had 37,000 hits on Google by 2011‚—and by 2018, it had drastically increased to 2.3 million. It has been added as a gender option on Facebook and to dating sites such as OKCupid. Those who identify as gender-fluid see it chiefly as a question of internal personal identity, making it a psychological phenomenon.

Pope Francis, however, is having none of it.

The newly released document was written as a guide for Catholic schools, teachers and educators and was signed by Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. And with a timely release—right in the middle of LGBT “Pride Month”— the 31-page document titled, “Male and Female He Created Them,” states that the acceptance of flexible ideas of gender threaten to “destabilize the family as an institution” and ignores the natural, God-given differences between men and women.

“Calls for public recognition of the right to choose one’s gender, and of a plurality of new types of unions, in direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman, which is portrayed as a vestige of patriarchal societies.”

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“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,” it states in its opening, adding that the “process of identifying sexual identity” was being made difficult by the “fictitious (construct) known as ‘gender neuter’ or ‘third gender.’”

“Calls for public recognition of the right to choose one’s gender, and of a plurality of new types of unions, in direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman, which is portrayed as a vestige of patriarchal societies.”

The idea that gender is fluid is “founded on nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants, or momentary desires provoked by emotional impulses and the will of the individual, as opposed to anything based on the truths of existence,” it states.

The release of the ground-breaking statement comes as a shock to many who saw Pope Francis as a potential catalyst towards leniency and acceptance of alternative gender and sexual preferences in the Catholic Church.

He responded, “Who am I to judge?” when asked in 2013 about a priest working at the Vatican who was said to be gay. And in 2016, Francis shared during a news conference that he had met at the Vatican with a Spanish transgender man who had undergone gender reassignment surgery and been ostracized by his priest.

Despite this clarified, firm stance, there is also a section that clearly warns against discrimination, stating that “no one should suffer bullying, violence, insults.” It also addresses the importance of accompanying young Catholic school students in a way that “is discrete and confidential, capable of reaching out to those who are experiencing complex and painful situations.”

“Male and Female He Created Them,” is the first document where the Vatican is attempting to put their position, first articulated fully by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2012 speech, into a comprehensive, official text.

Click here to read the document in its entirety.