Sometimes it reads like the National Enquirer

Today’s tripe from LifeSiteNews is titled “Gender-confused persons are seeking a ‘cure’ but getting the wrong answers.” They insist on the false claim that people with gender dysphoria are confused. Presumably they do so to suggest that they can be un-confused by a good talking-to. They do that in an attempt to conform medical science to scripture or the teachings of the Church. The best interests of the people who suffer (who seem to exist only in the abstract) are secondary to dogma.

I am not a believer and I am not Catholic. Nevertheless, through their obtuseness they are probably doing damage to themselves and the Church. People are willing to accept that faith might not always be logical. People are less willing to accept the notion that faith should prevail over the wellbeing of children.

There is an excellent piece in the New York Times today. It is titled: A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics. I will quote just two paragraphs:

Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces.


The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.

I think that the same applies to Canadian ultra-orthodox Catholics like those responsible for the content of LifeSiteNews.

The ill-conceived piece by Chad Felix Greene is a reprint from Witherspoon Institute’s blog and I have already written about it. But that is not the point. There is a complete failure on the part of these outlets to consider the damage that they are doing to trans youth and their parents.

There is no medical intervention that addresses gender dysphoria directly. As much as they might want to pretend that one exists, it does not. The only thing that reduces the distress, the anxiety and depression is gender affirmation. Apparently they view this as an offense against their god. Would that god actually prefer that kids suffer? Because that is the only real alternative. For all the gibberish from all of those conservative, verbose, and seemingly ubiquitous polemicist, the basic truths remain that:

  1. These people are not confused and;
  2. Allowing them to express their gender is life saving.

And, incidentally, the aforementioned Times article mentions a shot across the bow by the Vatican. However, on this issue the current pope is the ultimate purveyor of misinformation. He is literally killing children and that is not hyperbole.

I sent an exceedingly polite letter to Pope Francis. While brief, it took me nearly a week of editing to ensure that I showed the proper level of respect. I doubt that it will do any good as he seems to be obsessed with this issue.

If I get a meaningful response I will let you know.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.