Q. 1. What is "gender idiology" and what is the Catholic Church's teaching on the matter?
A. 1. "Gender ideology" refers to a system of beliefs or theories held by an individual or a group of people regarding the human gender.
On this subject, on June 8, 2016, speaking to the bishops of the Caribbean archipelago, Pope Francis I said, "The differences between men and women must be recognised and valued."
"Efforts to convince people that the differences between male and female are simply social conventions, which limit individual freedom, ignore the fact that men and women need each other in order to understand themselves, Pope Francis said."
“The differences between man and woman are not of the order of opposition or subordination, but rather of communion and generation,” which is why the human person, male and female, can be said to be made in the image and likeness of God, the Pope told bishops from Puerto Rico."
“Without mutual commitment, neither of the two will be able to understand the other in depth,” the Pope said. “The complementarity of man and woman – the summit of divine creation – is being questioned by what is called ‘gender ideology’ in the name of a society that is freer and more just.” [Source: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/06/09/male-and-female-differences-must-be-recognised-and-valued-says-pope-francis/]
On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Catholic bishops (USCCB) issued a teaching document to counter the rising tide of gender ideology. Geared for Catholic educators, ministers and parents, "Gender Ideology: Select Teaching Resources" draws on teaching from the current and previous two pontificates, the Church's catechism, and documents from the Vatican and the USCCB.
The document, "Gender theory/Gender ideology – Select Teaching Resources"here.
In June, 2016, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington lamented "aggressive gender ideology” and criticized the Obama administration’s recent letter on the use of bathrooms and locker rooms by public school students who state they are transgendered. He emphasized in a recent blog post that the human body “is not extraneous, but goes to our very essence.”
He further stated, "Last year we saw a societal redefinition of marriage and family. Today, the concept of humanity itself is called into question with an aggressive “gender” ideology which holds that whether a person is male or female is not an objective reality, but is subjectively determined. Increasingly, those who do not go along with this new order are denounced and ostracized as bigoted. It is as if we all must now affirm that the world is flat lest we be condemned of discrimination."
If society is to let itself be influenced by the perversion of President Obama, the abnormal shall become the normal - this leading to a large percentage of society becoming emotionally disturbed.