• Courageous Leader Big Fan of Reality … Rejects Gender Ideology in Schools

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    Surge Summary: A courageous Roman Catholic bishop is taking a stand for reality: Requiring Catholic schools in his diocese to enforce policies that acknowledge a student’s birth gender is in fact his/her genuine gender. LGBTQ activist groups are pushing back, but it is, in fact, the Bishop’s actions that will help gender-confused young people.

    by The Ruth Institute

    “The Ruth Institute applauds Bishop Robert J. McManus of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, for his efforts to keep gender ideology out of Catholic schools,” said Ruth Institute president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

    The diocese issued a standard policy for its schools regarding sexuality and sexual identity. Entitled “Catholic education and the human person,” it was approved by Bishop McManus in late June of this year and sent to Catholic schools to incorporate into school handbooks beginning this fall.

    The new policy states: “All students are expected to conduct themselves at school in a manner consistent with their biological sex.” It goes on to specify that students are required to use lockers, showers, changing rooms and bathrooms consistent with their sex.

    Morse observed: “This policy takes a thorough stance in favor of truth, even stipulating what to do if a student changes his or her name after graduation. In which case, a requested new official document would use the formula: ‘Original Name, aka New Legal Name.’”

    The policy quotes the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.”

    Morse explained: “Though gender dysphoria is serious and must be treated compassionately, the reality remains that the sex you were born with is the sex you will die with. Attempts to assume the identity of the opposite sex, with chemicals or surgery, may change one’s appearance, but doesn’t alter reality.”

    “Local homosexual groups charge that Bishop McManus ‘has a long history of anti-LGBTQ practices and positions.’ But a denial of reality, which these groups demand, doesn’t help those who are struggling with sexuality or gender identity. The Bishop stands for the truth that sets us free.”

    “Catholics and people of good will and common sense have a champion in Bishop McManus. He doesn’t shift with the prevailing cultural winds, but remains true to the mission of the Church,” Morse said.

    The Ruth Institute’s Transgender Resource Center contains science, testimonies and sound thinking to help combat the transgender ideology.

    Additionally, the Institute’s “Protecting Your Family from the Top 5 Gay Myths” is available for free download.

    The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. 

    Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and has taught at Yale and George Mason University. She is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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