News ID: 254082
Published: 1008 GMT June 11, 2019

Vatican launches guide to tackle 'educational crisis' on gender

Vatican launches guide to tackle 'educational crisis' on gender
ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP

The Vatican launched into the debate on gender ideology, publishing an educational document called ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ in a bid to tackle what it called ‘an educational crisis’.

The paper is intended to help Catholic school teachers counter ideas which “deny the natural difference between a man and a woman”, and is subtitled “Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender theory in education”, AFP reported.

The document drawn up by the church’s Education Ministry states, “It is becoming increasingly clear that we are now faced with what might accurately be called an educational crisis, especially in the field of affectivity and sexuality.”

The document notes ‘challenges’ rising from gender theory which “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family”.

Professor Roberto Zappala from Milan’s Gonzague Institute said the church was trying to promote “dialogue on the question of gender in education”.

Gender theory “seeks to impose a single school of thought”, which determines the education of children, said Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, of the Congregation for Catholic doctrine.

The theory “leads to educational programs and legislative orientations that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy separated from the biological difference between male and female,” Versaldi said.

The document, which supports the role of mother and father in a traditional family, outlines “the Christian vision of anthropology [which] sees sexuality as a fundamental component of one’s personhood.

“It is from [their] sex that the human person receives the characteristics which, on the biological, psychological and spiritual levels, make that person a man or a woman.”

The document is to be distributed internationally across the Catholic educational system.

 

 

 

   
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