February 12, 2020

BISHOP PAPROCKI (SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) PASTORAL GUIDE ON GENDER IDENTITY


Bishop Paprocki is offering true compassion here. "Be your true self" means love your whole self, body and soul.
(It's a process. You CAN learn to love yourself!) 💓 You are amazing JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!



    
PASTORAL GUIDE ON GENDER IDENTITY:
https://www.dio.org/policy-book/77-650-gender-identity/file.html


I just watched the 4 short videos of talking points for parents on gender issues recommended in the Guide.

They're pretty good, but I would just make a caveat about the first video. Katy, the host, says that we don't
really know how to treat gender dysphoria or the outcomes of various treatments yet.
This is not true. We do know, there are studies, and "transitioning" to the opposite sex does not have good
outcomes, especially in youth (the younger one transitions, the sooner the regret--not to mention the severe health,
physical, psychological problems that accompany the extremely invasive, often irreversible puberty-blocking,
cross-hormonal and surgical "treatments." (Katy actually goes on to talk about these factors in the other 3 videos,
but if someone only watches the first one, they could easily think that transitioning might be a good option for
their child!)

Please see www.GenderResourceGuide.com and https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/02/60143/ (there are
many more studies/resources as well).

Bishop Paprocki (in agreement with conscientious psychologists/health professionals) also makes it clear in his
Pastoral Guide https://www.dio.org/policy-book/77-650-gender-identity/file.html (3rd paragraph) that "transitioning"
is not what the Catholic Church could ever recommend, instead, love, support, listening, counseling and therapy
are needed.
--Sr. Helena


QUICK RECAPS OF DOCUMENT (2 ARTICLES):
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/bishop-paprocki-provides-pastoral-guide-on-gender-identity-70300

https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2020/02/11/bishop-paprocki-provides-pastoral-guide-on-gender-identity/



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