English cardinal rejects gender ideology

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (CNS)

English Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that school children must accept the gender into which they were born if they are to be truly happy. Source: Catholic Herald.

Entering the debate on the “ideology of gender” publicly for the first time, Cardinal Nichols suggested that only through accepting their biological sex would people ultimately find their “greatest joy”.

The Archbishop of Westminster told a meeting of Catholic head teachers that children were not “single, self-determining individuals” but members of a great family with “firm points of reference” determined by birth.

His remarks represent a rejection of the gender ideology being imposed upon many public institutions and associations – and giving rise to such practices as sharing toilets, changing rooms and other facilities.

In his speech to school leaders of his archdiocese late last month, Cardinal Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, appealed to a “common sense of humanity” as an antidote to the rampant individualism that he blamed for driving emerging ideologies.

He said it was the “foundation for much of Catholic moral teaching in areas of friendship, relationship, family life, human sexuality”.

“At a time of great confusion about the rules of sexual behaviour, about exploitation and abuse in every part of society, some firm points of reference, that are already built into our humanity at its best, are of vital importance,” said Cardinal Nichols.

“In an age of fluidity, even in gender identity, and at a time when the response to ‘difference’ is to become closed in a self-selecting world of the like-minded and reject that which is different, such foundations are so important.

“They affirm that there are ‘givens’ which come with birth and with solid identities and which project across generations,” he said.

“They help up keep hold of the reality that we are not single, self-determining individuals but members of a great family, with all its trials, diversities and struggles, and within that family, not alone, will we find our greatest joy.”

So far, even in Catholic schools, children are usually accepted into the gender of their choice rather than their birth. Yet such practices risk putting Catholic schools at odds with Church teaching that God created people to be either male or female.


Cardinal Nichols tells schools not to encourage children to change sex (Catholic Herald)

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