Now that all of the media hype about Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition has quieted down, it’s good to take a look at some of the more serious questions that Catholics may have concerning such an event.
One of the more interesting things that I have read on the subject is a dotCommonweal blog post by J. Peter Nixon earlier this month. Nixon begins his examination with an important question that often gets unasked in Catholic discussions about transgender issues: Is a person’s true, God-given gender the one that a person’s body reflects or the one that a person’s mind experiences?
Too often, people err on the side of the former, as Nixon points out:
“. . . .the argument is that a person’s chromosomal/physical gender represents an expression of divine will and that living contrary to that chromosomal/physical inheritance is contrary to God’s will.”
Nixon pokes an important hole in…
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