The Vatican has dismissed the idea of people choosing their own genders from the one that they were assigned at birth. The Vatican warned of a society comprising of no sexual differences and that the fluid idea of identity was not dependent on the truth of existence.
Through an official document, the Vatican said that the right to choose one’s gender was in direct contradiction of the model of marriage between one man and one woman. The document that was released in the form of a guide for the Catholic educators was strict about the traditional teachings of the religion on gender and sexuality. However, the members of the LGBT groups in the faith said that it put an official and updated stamp about the viewpoints that they hoped were changing.
Duddy-Burke, executive director of Dignity USA, one of the groups that advocated the equality and inclusion of LGBT in the Church, stated that such a system of belief takes back everything to the Dark Ages. He said that it was extremely sensitive to speak even in the present times about gender and sexuality to be a choice and momentary whim instead of the fundamental God-given identity.
The document that was released by the office of Vatican to guide the Catholic educators coincided with the month of Pride, for which celebrations are taking place in different parts of the world, in many countries.
The document was not directly signed by Pope Francis. It was done instead by two other higher officials namely Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi and Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani in the Roman Curia, the Vatican’s bureaucracy.
Although the Pope had expressed his interest in reaching much of the LGBT followers, he had also taken a strict stance over gender identity.