Pope Francis has proven to be a mixed bag as the head of the Catholic Church.
On the issue of transgenderism, however, Francis has gotten back on track by pointing out the fallacy of indulging what amounts to a psychological disorder in children.
Among the many issues discussed in his latest letter to the faithful, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Francis writes, “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created.”
Transgenderism is a delusion, and “thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation,” the pope continues.
The letter goes on to refute the notion of gender fluidity, calling it a “pretension ‘to cancel out sexual difference because one no longer knows how to deal with it.'”
The pope’s words on the subject are timely because transgenders are the next wave in the homosexual assault on traditional values. The media in recent months have pushed the idea into the American consciousness by wall-to-wall coverage of Bruce Jenner’s transformation into “Caitlyn” and by highlighting stories about young children being enabled or, as it seems in many of the cases, persuaded to live as the opposite gender of what they truly are.
With the help of books aimed at children, such as “The Royal Heart,” “I Am Jazz” and “My Princess Boy,” the effort to confuse children has wound its way into schools, riding on the coattails of the homosexual acceptance movement.
Transgenderism has encouraged a wave of ludicrousness regarding gender, in which the forces of political correctness have concocted dozens of “genders,” and some people have begun “coming out” as being different ages and even different species than they really are.
Enabling these sorts of people is not helping them, it’s simply allowing yourself to be ensnared by their delusions. Many of them, perhaps most of them, need psychological help far more than they need hormone injections or surgeries to carve up or reshape their bodies.
The American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the American Academy of Pediatrics) recently came out with a statement about the harm caused to children by adults who encourage or inflict upon them the transgender ideology. This voice of reason is naturally considered by the LGBTQ-LMAO-BLT-with-mayo crowd to be hate speech (just ask the Southern Poverty Law Center, premier purveyor of anti-conservative hatred).
But calling a transgender girl a guy isn’t transphobic, it just means you have working eyes and a functioning brain.
Trans supporters refuse to acknowledge what is a clear mental disorder, encouraged by groups like the American Psychiatric Association, which tells its members that “gender nonconformity” is not itself a disorder, but only stress related to it is, and that should be treated with “affirmation.”
But there’s certainly something odd going on when an organization supposedly dedicated to the mental health of patients orders its members to only treat patients’ symptoms and not the cause of the symptoms.
All the play-acting, pretending, lobbying and indignation in the world won’t change reality. Maybe it’s time to get back to acknowledging that.