The Pope and Trans Youth

Two years in the making, Pope Francis has come out with his long-awaited report regarding the Catholic church’s official teachings on the topic of marriage and family — and it doesn’t look good for LGBT. Calling trans youth “self-centered” and “self-absorbed,” he states, “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”

He further asserts that teaching kids about safe sex “promotes narcissism…in place of acceptance” and, recalling that Dolce & Gabbana debacle, that same-sex couples are not “legitimate families.” “Frequently, sex education deals primarily with ‘protection’ through the practice of ‘safe sex,’ he writes. “Such expressions convey a negative attitude towards the natural procreative finality of sexuality, as if an eventual child were an enemy to be protected against.

In addition, the Pope says gay people should receive “assistance” to bring them back to “normality,” and affirms there are “absolutely no grounds” for recognizing “homosexual unions.” Because, he writes, “unions between homosexual persons [aren’t] similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

Elsewhere, he rails against “pressure” from outside groups calling for an end to homophobia. “It is unacceptable,” he claims without citing any examples, “that local Churches should be subjected to pressure in this matter and that international bodies should make financial aid to poor countries dependent on the introduction of laws to establish ‘marriage’ between persons of the same sex.” The claim, however, is unsupported. On occasion, aid money is pulled from governments where human rights abuses against LGBT are sanctioned.

Apparently, for this Pope and the synod from which he made the report, enlightenment can wait.

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