Archbishop: Trump failed to address essence of transgender issue

Archbishop: Trump failed to address essence of transgender issue

[Tacit support or veiled criticism of The Donald’s military transgender policy?]

Catholic World News – August 02, 2017

The Archbishop for the Military Services has issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that persons who identify themselves as transgender will not be permitted to serve in the military.

In a series of tweets, the president said on July 26 that “after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

“Certainly military readiness is of utmost importance to our servicemen and women who selflessly risk personal safety to defend the values and freedoms of our Nation,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio said in response. “The President’s announcement and the prevailing response, however, fail to address the essence of the issue—the dignity of the human person.”

The prelate added:

Gender ideology undermines basic Christian anthropology by defining the person as a disembodied mind and the body as a mere instrument. A Catholic response to gender ideology considers multiple insights including medical, psychological, philosophical, theological, pastoral, and legal perspectives. The Church honors human dignity by drawing near in order to accompany people.

Sexual orientation and gender identity issues reflect a rapidly increasing and incorrect societal attitude that individual behaviors in life should pursue immediate and personal choices rather than eternal truth. In extending the maternal care of the Church to the faithful of this Archdiocese, it is opportune to reaffirm that personal choices in life, whether regarding the protection of the unborn, the sanctity of marriage and the family, or the acceptance of a person’s God-created biology, should be made not solely for a penultimate reality on this earth but in anticipation of the ultimate reality of sharing in the very life of God in heaven.

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