Gender Dysphoria Shouldn’t be Criminalized
Consider this scenario: An 8-year-old boy expresses the wish to be a girl and asserts that he will grow up to be a girl. He prefers girl’s clothing and hairstyles and wants to be called a girl’s name. When these feelings persist, his parents bring him to a counselor who encourages the child to embrace his given body and assigned gender role. Like most children with gender dysphoria, the boy gradually begins to identify as a boy and these feelings resolve. During his last counseling session, child protective services interrupts the session and places the boy in foster care. The police arrest the parents and therapist, charging them with felony child abuse. That may sound far-fetched, but it’s the reality under new anti-therapy laws. Dr. Steve Doran explains.
Dr. Steve Doran
Dr. Stephen Doran is a practicing neurosurgeon in Omaha and a member of the State of Nebraska COVID 19 task force. He is in formation for the permanent diaconate and is the bioethicist for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He is cofounder along with his wife Sharon Doran of “Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study
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Who was Aquinas?
It’s the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, a man who lived at a critical juncture in Western Culture. Many of us are familiar with his name and maybe his thought, but few of us know Aquinas as a man. We’ll take a look at his biography with John O’Callaghan.
John O’Callaghan is an associate professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, where he focuses on medieval philosophy, Thomas Aquinas and Theistic metaphysics. He’s a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Thomas Aquinas and the former president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
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