Is this a nightmare? If I’m awake, what country and planet am I on? It seems that here (wherever this is) adults believe that children and teens can decide whichever sexual identity they want. Teenage boys can decide they are girls and thus free to use the girls locker room and bathrooms – etc. Such is the “wisdom” of The Massachusetts Department of Education.
BOSTON (AP, 2/15/2013) The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.
The guidance was issued at the request of state board of education to help schools follow the state’s 2011 anti-discrimination law protecting transgender people.
The document said whether a student identifies as a boy or girl is up to the student or, in the case of younger students, the parents.
In all cases, ‘‘the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity,’’ it said.
The guidance said some students may feel uncomfortable sharing those facilities with a transgender student but this ‘‘discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.’’ It urges administrators to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis, and recommends sufficient sex-neutral restrooms and changing areas.
The guidance also addresses what to do if other students consistently and intentionally refuse to refer to a transgendered student by the name or sex they identify as: ‘‘It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline.’’
Scott said disciplining students who won’t acknowledge a student’s gender identity is appropriate because it amounts to bullying. He said the directives simply aim to create a safe learning place for a group that’s statistically far more likely to be harassed.
‘‘The reality is that it’s about creating an inclusive environment for all students to learn,’’ he said.
“The reality is,” this is NOT REALITY! The human body – designed and given by God – determines one’s sexual identity. This culture is redefining insanity and calling it “normal.” The Catechism gives the Catholic understanding of this incredibly simple issue:
2333 Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.
2393 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.
Church, wake up! This culture is drunk while driving, and our Church is sleeping in the backseat. The Church has an identity given by God – and we are called to more than parish suppers and pious platitudes. ”The Church exists to evangelize,” as the Church affirms again and again. Jesus sent the Church to “make disciples.” Will we become what we exist to be, will we do what He made us to do – will we become the voice and the witness of truth and life in this dark culture of death? When? The example above of cultural insanity is merely one in a cascade of edicts, laws and policies meant to overturn all common sense in favor of this very dangerous progressive ideology.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote recently and again our call to evangelization:
There is no action more beneficial – and therefore more charitable – towards one’s neighbor than to break the bread of the word of God, to share with him the Good News of the Gospel, to introduce him to a relationship with God: evangelization is the highest and the most integral promotion of the human person. As the Servant of God Pope Paul VI wrote in the Encyclical Populorum Progressio, the proclamation of Christ is the first and principal contributor to development (cf. n. 16). It is the primordial truth of the love of God for us, lived and proclaimed, that opens our lives to receive this love and makes possible the integral development of humanity and of every man.
Essentially, everything proceeds from Love and tends towards Love. God’s gratuitous love is made known to us through the proclamation of the Gospel. If we welcome it with faith, we receive the first and indispensable contact with the Divine, capable of making us “fall in love with Love”, and then we dwell within this Love, we grow in it and we joyfully communicate it to others.
Author George Weigel in a recent presentation(1) said this:
The Church of simple devotional piety will not withstand a Christophobic society. It takes a new way of being Catholic. Institutional maintenance doesn’t cut it anymore. The Church must understand herself as a platform of missionary culture. Everyone is baptized into a missionary culture.
Weigel challenged the audience, The Miscellany reported, “to learn all they can about their Catholic faith and to show the courage to be Catholic in the public square.”
We need a deep and authentic renewal in the Church – a return to faith, living faith, dynamic and courageous faith in the holy Truth of God. Our culture is bent on defining their own truth – convenient truths, accommodating truths, inclusive truths, immoral and untrue “truths.” The Church must know, believe, live and proclaim the one saving Truth we have been entrusted with by our Lord. Catholics – be the man or the woman God created and intended you to be! Pray, ask God what He would have you stop doing, and reject it for the sake of God. Pray, ask God what He would have you do, and do it with a full and trusting heart.
1. The Catholic Miscellany, 2/21/2013, p. 15