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Transparently bad faith: Answering “LGBTQ” critics of Dignitas Infinita

I have been very sad since April 8, 2024, when the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith promulgated Dignitas Infinita, the Declaration on Human Dignity. I have felt the immense grief among LGBTQ people and their families and friends. This document states many beautiful and essential truths, but the section on Gender Theory, which condemns ‘gender ideology,’ is harming the transgender people I love.

Such was the recent lament of Sr. Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministry. Long known for her “gay rights” advocacy, Gramick and her colleague Fr. Robert Nugent were censured in 1999 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—a censuring informally reversed when Gramick was received by Pope Francis in 2023.

Pro-“LGBTQ” disappointment

Gramick is certainly not alone in her sadness and disappointment regarding paragraphs 55-60 of Dignitas Infinitawhich condemned “gender theory.” A sampling of headlines, many featured at Outreach, “an LGBTQ Catholic Resource,” founded in 2023 by Fr. James Martin, SJ (in conjunction with America Magazine), reveals the anger and the angst:

• “Dignitas Infinita” falters when it doesn’t practice what it preaches

• Vatican condemnation of “gender theory” a moment of whiplash for LGBTQ Catholics

• As a transgender Catholic, I don’t see gender diversity as a threat to our faith

• Transgender Catholics call the church to listen, says this Franciscan sister

• Papal biographer: Vatican is right on gender theory, but the church must walk with transgender people

• In “Dignitas Infinita” the Vatican Quarrels with a Theory of Its Own Making

• Transgender Catholics call the church to listen, says this Franciscan sister

An odd reversal has taken place. The last declaration issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, last December’s Fiducia Supplicanscreated a firestorm of opposition from Catholics around the world, even to the point of the bishops of Africa (along with bishops from many of countries) rejecting the document’s approval of blessings for couples in irregular unions, including “same-sex couples”. Those, like Gramick, who were elated by such Vatican approval now find themselves the opponents of the current teaching of the Holy Father, whose papacy, often marked by ambiguity and confusing statements, they have lauded and embraced.

At a time when many continue to suffer the denial of their rights and attacks on their basic dignity, DI is a valuable and useful document. “Every human person possesses an infinite dignity,” says the document, “inalienably grounded in his or her very being, which prevails in and beyond every circumstance, state, or situation the person may ever encounter.” DI affirms that human dignity is an “ontological dignity” and “sees an opportunity to proclaim anew its conviction that all human beings—created by God and redeemed by Christ—must be recognized and treated with respect and love due to their inalienable dignity. The anniversary also provides an occasion for the Church to clarify some frequent misconceptions concerning human dignity and to address some serious and urgent related issues” (Art. 2).

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