Pope Francis, writing in his encyclical, has called upon transgender people to accept the body they were born with as “God’s gift.”
“The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift,” he wrote, “is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home.”
He also believes that those struggling with their gender identity are trying to fix an unwanted same-sex attraction. He considers the “so-called gender theory” to be “an expression of frustration and resignation.” The Pope considers those who come out as transgender to be seeking to “cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it… the removal of difference in fact creates a problem, not a solution.”
“Whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns,” he continued, “often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”
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