Unsurprisingly, the acronym keeps increasing. For example “LGBTTQQIAAP” (Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Pansexual).
The inclusion of so-called “transsexualism” or “transgenderism” in the homosexual campaign shows the ideological aspect played by this anomaly in the current Culture War which is transforming our civilization and destroying the basis of morality: natural and divine law.
“It is physiologically impossible to change a person’s sex, since the sex of each individual is encoded in the genes—XX if female, XY if male. Surgery can only create the appearance of the other sex,” explain Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., Philip M. Sutton, Ph.D., and Dale O’Leary in a well-documented study. Sexual identity, they add, “is written on every cell of the body and can be determined through DNA testing. It cannot be changed.”1
Dr. Joseph Berger, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is equally incisive:
“Cosmetic surgery will not make a man become a woman, capable of menstruating, ovulating, and having children. Cosmetic surgery will not make a woman into a man, capable of generating sperm that can unite with an egg or ovum from a woman and fertilize that egg to produce a human child.”2
The desire to “change” sex is rooted in psychological disorders, personality or moral problems. That is why Dr. Paul McHugh, former Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, after many studies in cooperation with other psychiatrists, said he reached the conclusion that “to provide a surgical alteration to the body of these unfortunate people was to collaborate with a mental disorder rather than to treat it.”3
In another paper he points out: “At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered.” And he adds: “‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.” Therefore, he concludes, “claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.4
“Gender Theory” and Transgenderism
The spread of “gender theory” greatly helped the progress of the homosexual movement and even tends to “normalize” so-called sex-changes.
That is because, according to this theory, a person’s sex is not determined by his biological and genetic component but by how he considers himself. “Sexual gender” is supposedly the result of a “choice” or “orientation” a person assumes. So why not adapt his own body through operations and hormones to make it resemble his chosen sex?
Dr. Marguerite Peeters, a theology professor at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, relates: “In 1955, an American psychiatrist, John Money, introduced ‘gender role’ to distinguish the biological sexual identity from the social role an individual chooses to play regardless of his biological identity. Subsequently, there were two currents that brought about the development of the concept: the feminist and the homosexual currents.” Through this theory, she concludes, “male and female identity are deconstructed.”5
Revolt Against God
Changing the sex of one’s birth (a clear impossibility) not only contradicts biological reality but also runs directly counter to the will of God.
No one was born a man or a woman by chance but because of the inscrutable designs of Divine Providence as we can see in the book of Jeremiah (1:5): “Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee.”
It is part of God’s plan in His Divine Wisdom, which orders all things6 that some are born men and others women. To try and change what God has established is to go against His designs, an act of rebellion against the Creator.
The difference between the sexes is a reflection of divine perfection and is aimed at implementing the plans of God in relation to humanity: “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.”7
So, Christian charity requires that people with sexual identity problems receive help with respect and compassion so as not to increase the mess they are in or give them a false surgical solution. Instead, they need to be helped out of it. Charity “rejoices with the truth” says Saint Paul.8 Mercy can never oppose truth because only truth liberates.9
- “The Psychopathology of ‘Sex Reassignment’ Surgery ─ Assessing Its Medical, Psychological, and Ethical Appropriateness,” The National Catholic Bioethics Center. At http://ncbcenter.org/document.doc?id=581.
- “Comments presented by Dr. Berger to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, regarding Bill C-279.” At http://arpacanada.ca/attachments/article/1724/Testimony%20of%20Dr.%20Berger%20re%20c279.pdf.
- “Surgical Sex ─ Why We Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations,” Paul R. McHugh, First Things, Nov. 2004. At http://www.firstthings.com/article/2004/11/surgical-sex.
- “Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution – A drastic physical change doesn’t address underlying psycho-social troubles,” Paul McHugh, The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2014. At http://www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120.
- Marguerite Peeters (author of “Le gender, une norme mondiale?”), “Je suis contre le ministère du Genre,” in Le Mauricien, Nov. 18, 2013, Retrieved 2/26/2015 from http://www.lemauricien.com/article/marguerite-peeters-auteur-gender-norme-mondiale-je-suis-contre-ministere-du-genre.
- Cf. Wis. 8:1.
- Gen. 1:27-28.
- 1 Cor. 13:6.
- Cf. John 8:32.