Perversity run amok at “Catholic” institutions of higher ed
1. Former Transgender Woman Blasts Saint Louis Univ. for Hosting Transgender Activist
November 9, 2015, at Cardinal Newman Society | By Justin Petrisek |
In an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, author, speaker and former transgender woman Walt Heyer was highly critical of Saint Louis University for agreeing to host transgender activist Laverne Cox, a man who lives as a woman, Monday night to discuss understanding “womanhood with a modern perspective” despite the Catholic Church’s teaching on human sexuality and gender identity.
“Transgender activists should not be allowed to encourage students toward apostasy in the teaching environment of a Catholic university,” Heyer told the Newman Society.
Heyer, who spent eight years as a woman after “sex change” surgery, currently works to raise awareness for those who regret their transgender surgeries and the resulting physical and psychological harm.
In some cases, it could be acceptable to host a transgender activist to speak, “but only if it is balanced with a well-informed psychiatric doctor with the opposing view on the stage,” Heyer told the Newman Society. This should be someone who has studied and published sound research in the opposing view and understands Catholic teaching on the matter.
Exposing students to transgender activism without the proper clinical and religious understanding has no place at a Catholic college, Heyer said, arguing that it goes against the proper teaching role given to Catholic colleges and introduces the students to potentially significant psychological and spiritual harm.
Last week, University President Fred Pestello intervened to have a student-led Planned Parenthood event moved off campus, the Newman Society reported. But the administration has yet to take action on the hosting of Cox by the student-run Great Issues Committee (GIC) that will give Cox a platform to “discuss her transgender journey and her understanding of womanhood with a modern perspective,” according to the event page.
A member of the GIC confirmed that the event will still take place on campus tonight despite the concerns of students and alumni and that Cox would be the sole presenter.
While the Catholic Church calls all people to treat those within the LGBT community with compassion, Pope Francis has reiterated the Church’s teaching numerous times on human sexuality, “gender theory” and transgender issues, encouraging all men and women to embrace their God-given sexuality.
In April, the Holy Father addressed the problem of questioning one’s gender:
Modern and contemporary culture has opened new areas, new freedoms and new depths for the enrichment of the understanding of this difference [of genders]. However, it has also introduced many doubts and much skepticism. For instance, I wonder, for example, if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and of a resignation, which aims to cancel the sexual difference because it no longer knows how to address it. Yes, we risk taking a step backward. The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution.
The Newman Society reached out to the University to see if Catholic teaching on human sexuality and transgender issues would be presented during the event, but no response was received by time of publication.
“The reprieve provided by surgery and life as a woman was only temporary. Hidden deep underneath the make-up and female clothing was the little boy hurt by childhood trauma, and he was making himself known,” wrote Heyer, speaking from his own experience, in his article “I Was a Transgender Woman.”
“Undergoing the surgical transformation can result in physical complications in some cases, but the real problem is the psychological damage it can inflict,” he pointed out.
The harms of embracing a transgender identity, which Heyer details further in his articles for Public Discourse, include depression, regret, high suicide rates, psychological damage, hormone imbalances and even blood clots and cancer resulting from the dangers of hormone therapy.
“Depression is common for this population as evidenced by a suicide attempt rate above 40 percent,” he said. “Gender changers who had the surgeries and later regret transitioning and want to go back to life in their birth gender are stuck with the consequences of the earlier surgeries. That can cause internal conflict and psychological damage.”
“This issue has more sides and angles than an octagon, and I’m afraid I can only scratch the surface,” he told the Newman Society. “Studies show that gay, lesbian and transgenders have a higher rate of early mortality, engage in high risk behaviors and die more frequently from HIV and other diseases.”
“Why encourage anyone,” Heyer asked, “toward a shortened life?”
2. Transgender Event at Catholic College: Cabrini College to have Transgender Day of Remembrance
by Rodney Pelletier • November 11, 2015
RADNOR, Pa. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cabrini College is hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 19. The event will have a discussion on the “conceptualization of ‘gender’ in our society” followed by a transgender candlelight vigil to “honor and remember the lives of transgender individuals fallen victim to hate.”
The event is run by the Office of Student Diversity Initiatives, which, although at a Catholic school, makes no effort to promote what the Church teaches about same-sex activity. In fact, there are two events, called Ally 101 and Ally 201, which seek to teach people that homosexuality is normal and that they must empathize with “non-gender-conforming individuals.” They are using a text called An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing the LGBT Community.
An event during “Unity Week” earlier this year it hosted an event called “Your Gender-Bred Identity” with the description:
Challenge conceptualizations of gender and explore the intersections of gender and sexuailty as it pertains to the theory of the “gender-bred person.”
Participants will have the opportunity to decorate a person-shaped cookie inspired by either themselves or their initial understanding of gender
There was also a Day of Silence described as a “student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, Day of Silence brings attention to harassment.”
Cabrini is a Catholic liberal arts college northwest of Philadelphia, and was founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s one of the first colleges in the United States that made community service a requirement for graduation, with a curriculum centered on social justice. But there’s no indication Cabrini promotes the Church’s teaching on the intrinsically disordered nature of same-sex relations.