In an open letter, a group of 20 US Catholic bishops and other faith leaders described as “deeply troubling” the movement today “to enforce the false idea – that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa”, the Catholic Herald reports.
“We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity,” said the letter. Titled Created Male and Female, it was signed by Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist and Muslim leaders.
“We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw – it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good,” they said, quoting the Book of Genesis: “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
“As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society,” they said. “We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society.”
Now, the faith leaders said, “we come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the sociocultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.”
According to a news release from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the letter is the result of a November meeting of the US Bishops with the Church’s ecumenical and interfaith partners.
Following the USCCB’s general November assembly in Baltimore, the faith leaders gathered to discuss gender ideology with members of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
US faith leaders condemn ‘harmful’ gender ideology (Catholic Herald)