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Eliminating any difference between the sexes ‘is not right’, Pope Francis says
Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | October 6, 2017 | Catholic News Service

Posted on 10/06/2017 5:10:26 AM PDT by Petrosius

The Pope added that sexual differences are not a personal choice

While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person’s sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.

Using science “to radically eliminate any difference between the sexes, and, as a result, the covenant between man and woman, is not right,” the Pope said on October 5, opening the Pontifical Academy for Life’s general assembly.

“The biological and psychological manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology now presents as a simple matter of personal choice — which it is not — risks eliminating the source of energy that nourishes the covenant between man and woman and makes it creative and fruitful,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis offered several reflections for the academy’s consideration of humanity’s relationship with technology, particularly in a culture he described as egocentric and “obsessively centred on the sovereignty of man — as a species and as individuals — in relation to all of reality.”

“This approach is not harmless: It forms a person who is always looking at himself in the mirror, who can’t look others, or the world, in the eye,” the Pope said. “This approach has negative consequences for all one’s affections and relationships in life.”

Although real scientific and technological progress should “inspire more humane policies,” the Pope said that men, women and children today suffer “with bitterness and sorrow from the false promises of technocratic materialism.”

Relationships are essential, he said, noting that God entrusted “creation and history to the covenant between man and woman,” which is seen especially in marriage and the transmission of new life.

But the partnership between men and women goes beyond individual families, he said. “It is an invitation to become responsible for the world, in culture and politics, in the world of work and in the economy, and in the church as well.”

Meeting new challenges “is not simply about equal opportunity or mutual recognition,” he said. “Man and woman are called on not only to speak about love, but to speak to each other, with love, about what they must do to ensure that our lives together can be lived in the light of God’s love for every creature.

“Speak to each other, ally with each other, because neither man nor woman can shoulder this responsibility without the other,” he said.

And, in a culture where some people consider the transmission of new life “a degradation of woman or a threat to societal well-being,” he said, the church is called to affirm new life “as a gift.”

“Generating life gives us new life,” he said, it “makes us richer.”

Compassion for children and the elderly is also crucial, the Pope said, because there are “areas of the soul and of human sensitivity that demand to be heard and acknowledged, guarded and appreciated, by individuals and by the community.”

Pope Francis thanked the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life for their commitment to defending the “responsible accompaniment of human life from conception and throughout its years to its natural end” and engaging in dialogue with people and scholars with different views to “bring a more authentic wisdom about life to the attention of all peoples.”

“Open and fruitful dialogue can and must be established with the many who are seeking the true meaning of life,” the Pope said.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: gendertheory; transgenderism

1 posted on 10/06/2017 5:10:26 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

He gets that right. No only if he would realize that muzzies are not doing us any good.

2 posted on 10/06/2017 5:33:16 AM PDT by I want the USA back (*slam is a violent political movement that hides behind the illusion of religion.)
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To: Petrosius

He’s such an intellectual.

3 posted on 10/06/2017 5:47:27 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Petrosius

I’m way beyond giving a rat’s ass what this Pope has to say...about anything.

4 posted on 10/06/2017 6:21:23 AM PDT by OldSmaj (The only thing washed on a filthy liberal is their damned brains.)
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To: Petrosius

He just doesn’t want to be treated like a nun.

5 posted on 10/06/2017 7:15:47 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie
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To: OldSmaj


6 posted on 10/06/2017 7:23:21 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Petrosius
It's got to the point that whenever I hear the Pope say something which is in line with Catholic teaching, it seems so weird and surreal. A little voice whispers to me..."you've misjudged him" but then the following day, he'll be preaching in Casa Santa Marta and ranting about global warming or Muslim immigration and I realize that the Catholic Francis is not the real Francis.

When the Pope gives prepared addresses, his words have usually been written by someone else and are often solidly Catholic. It's when he gives off-the-cuff homilies at daily Mass or responds to questions inside airplanes that he wanders off the reservation.

7 posted on 10/06/2017 8:46:20 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

He’s a Modernist! THIS IS WHAT THEY DO.

8 posted on 10/06/2017 3:02:00 PM PDT by piusv (Pray for a return to the pre-Vatican II (Catholic) Faith)
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