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Pope’s Damaging Message to Trans Teens

Pope’s Damaging Message to Trans Teens

Pope Francis’ long-awaited apostolic exhortation — “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love” — was just released. 

The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn’t surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reigns of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. 

While his recent tome might bring a sigh of relief to some Catholics, like divorced parishioners, for the LGBTQ community, however, Francis’s message and tone to us are in lockstep with church doctrine -and that message is anything but pastoral.  

On the issue of same-sex marriage Francis wrote scathingly the following: “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual union to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.” 

And being in lockstep with the American College of Pediatricians in their denouncement of transgenderism Francis wrote the following in advising transgender teens to stop being “self-centered” and “self- absorbed”:

"The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.

An appreciation of our body as male or female is also necessary for our own self-awareness in an encounter with others different from ourselves. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment.” 

But this isn’t the first time the pontiff’s transphobic vitriol unleaded itself. 

In the pontiff's 2015 tome, "Pope Francis: This Economy Kills" Francis compares transgender people to nuclear weapons. His reason is that this unlikely pair destroy and desecrate God's holy and ordained order of creation.

In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter Francis spewed the following transphobic remarks:

“Let's think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings," he continues. 

"Let's think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation."

"With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate."

"God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth.