The Vatican on Monday released an official document that rejects the idea that a transgender person has the right to “choose one’s gender,” according to reports.
The Washington Post reported that the Catholic Church said in the document that the right to choose a gender was in “direct contradiction of the model of marriage as being between one man and one woman.”
Vatican News, the the church’s news platform, noted that the document, titled “Male and Female He Created Them,” was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education as a way to “help guide Catholic contributions to the ongoing debate about human sexuality, and to address the challenges that emerge from gender ideology.”
The text holds firm to the Catholic faith’s traditional framing of gender and sexuality. While did not sign the document, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi and Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani did, the Post reported, adding that the two are both high-ranking officials within the Vatican’s bureaucracy.
“The text speaks of an anthropological disorientation that characterizes the cultural climate of our time, contributing to ‘the destabilization of the family,’ ” Vatican News wrote in its description.
The news service also noted that the document, which was released amid LGBT Pride Month, quotes a speech from Francis in which he argues that children benefit from parents of opposite sexes.
“It is precisely within the nucleus of the family unit that children can learn how to recognize the value and the beauty of the differences between the two sexes,” the document reportedly says.
Some LGBT groups issued statements of condemnation. Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, an advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, said in a statement that the document would “cause families to reject their children, and it will increase alienation of LGBT people from the Church.”