Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia
All is not yet lost.
A Catholic bishop has issued a short catechesis to help members of his diocese who may feel ill-equipped to deal with the spreading contagion of transgenderism now afflicting many families, especially those with children in public schools.
“A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology,” published by Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, has drawn the ire of pro-transgenderism & homosexuality forces within the Catholic Church because of its simple proclamation of the most basic truths of Catholicism and natural law.
The Arlington diocese lies across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and is notably comprised of increasingly liberal suburbs and exurbs in which gender identity battles are being waged in public school systems.
“No one is transgender,” declares the document. “To use names and pronouns that contradict the person’s God-given identity is to speak falsely.”
“We can never say something contrary to what we know to be true,” advises the document, so the “faithful should avoid using ‘gender-affirming’ terms or pronouns that convey approval of or reinforce the person’s rejection of the truth.”
The unambiguous language of the document was quickly condemned by Fr. James Martin, SJ —the loudest voice advocating for the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism within the Church— as an assault on the messaging he has been free to promote in recent years.
Martin has long given credence to the notion that God has created some people to be transgender.
“The worst kind of marginalization, the worst kind of discrimination and the worst kind of hatred is to claim that someone doesn’t exist,” ranted the Jesuit in a tweet. “‘No one ‘is’ transgender,’ says the Diocese of Arlington. Transgender people exist and are beloved children of God.”
What? Is Fr. James Martin saying that using an open wound as a sexual organ is okay because God wanted that?
The worst kind of marginalization, the worst kind of discrimination and the worst kind of hatred is to claim that someone doesn't exist. "No one 'is' transgender," says the Diocese of Arlington. Transgender people exist and are beloved children of God. https://t.co/J6NSYm4Tfr
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 19, 2021
As the beginning of the school year approaches, some Catholic high schools are barring students from choosing their own pronouns (he/him; she/her; they/them, etc.).
Not long ago, a young trans person surprised me by telling me that the use of pronouns… https://t.co/i9kMltrYzc
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 21, 2021
Of course transgenders don’t really exist — their imaginary vaginas are literally wounds! Their fake Frankenstein penises are prosthetics wrapped in skin! They can’t become the other gender. They are sick. They are very, very sick. They are so sick that they want to use wounds in a sexual manner.
People who go along with their delusions are enablers. They may be physically different, but in their minds, they’re not that different.
“The claim to ‘be transgender’ or the desire to seek ‘transition’ rests on a mistaken view of the human person, rejects the body as a gift from God, and leads to grave harm,” states the document. “To affirm someone in an identity at odds with biological sex or to affirm a person’s desired ‘transition’ is to mislead that person. It involves speaking and interacting with that person in an untruthful manner.”
“In no circumstances can we confirm a person in error,” explained Burbidge. “Indeed, there is ample evidence that ‘gender affirmation’ not only does not resolve a person’s struggles, but also can in fact exacerbate them.”
The publication of Burbidge’s catechesis on the human person and gender ideology comes against the backdrop of recent red hot battles between Christian parents and teachers standing up to liberal school boards within the Arlington Bishop’s diocese.
The Loudoun County School Board voted 7-2 last week to expand the “rights” of “transgender” students. Policy 8040 requires teachers to use “preferred pronouns” and allows boys who identify as girls — and girls who identify as boys — to use restrooms and locker facilities which correspond to the students’ childhood and adolescent self-perceptions.
“Many of our parishioners have children in public school where they are indoctrinated so that they accept ideas opposite to those expressed in this document,” Burbidge explained in a Catholic World Report interview. “Pastors convey to me how concerned parents are, telling them, ‘This is what the school board just voted to do, or our school just adopted this new curriculum.’”
“We cannot remain silent. We must defend the truth and what is right. This document is a response to the requests of our parents,” said Burbidge.
“Just a few years back, I would never have thought we would reach the point where saying that God created us male or female would be a controversial statement,” he continued. “But people in the workplace are now paying a price for saying it. It is difficult to understand. The ideas this document expresses are now countercultural.”
The official narrative so far has been that contradicting trannies puts lives at risk, because denying what they say hurts their feelings so much that they end up killing themselves.
It’s what they do with the coronavirus hoax too. If you don’t go along with the hoax or ask too many questions, they say you’re putting lives at risk.