Vatican Voices Concern Over Modern Gender Topics

 April 9, 2024

The Vatican released a groundbreaking document.

The Vatican has introduced "Dignitas Infinita," criticizing gender theory, transgender surgery, and surrogacy as detrimental to human dignity.

According to Fox News, after more than five years of development by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, the document titled "Dignitas Infinite," or "Infinite Dignity," serves as a pivotal commentary on over a dozen current societal issues through the lens of scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández presented "Dignitas Infinite" in Vatican City on March 25, following Pope Francis's approval. This document not only reaffirms the Church’s stance on topics such as abortion, human trafficking, poverty, and euthanasia but also extensively addresses the Church's views on gender theory and surrogacy.

The text emphasizes an inadmissible view of gender theory within the Church, questioning its scientific coherence, which is heavily debated among experts. It asserts that every aspect of human life, including its physical and spiritual dimensions, represents a divine gift that should be received with gratitude.

Surrogacy Criticized for Violating Child Dignity

The issue of surrogacy receives particular denunciation for its implications on the dignity of children, viewing it as a commodification that disregards the inherent worth of human beings by treating children as mere objects.

In a passage from the document, the Church elucidates its perspective: "Desiring a personal self-determination, as gender theory prescribes, apart from this fundamental truth that human life is a gift, amounts to a concession to the age-old temptation to make oneself God, entering into competition with the true God of love revealed to us in the Gospel."

This positions the Church firmly against the notion of self-determined gender identity, highlighting concerns with gender theory's potential to obscure the perceived divine design of human creation and distinction.

Furthermore, "Dignitas Infinita" elaborates on the right of every child to be born into and thrive within conditions that respect human dignity – both their own and that of their parents. It condemns the international surrogate pregnancy industry for undermining this principle.

Guidance Amid Complex Societal Issues

The document also ventures into criticizing practices like the death penalty and euthanasia, underscoring the belief that human life must be protected from conception until its natural end.

The Church hopes that "Dignitas Infinite" will serve as a beacon for reflecting on the myriad dimensions of human dignity in today's multifaceted historical context. Cardinal Fernández noted, "This Declaration does not set out to exhaust such a rich and crucial subject. Instead, it aims to offer some points for reflection that can help us maintain an awareness of human dignity amid the complex historical moment in which we are living."

In conclusion, "Dignitas Infinita" is a profound statement from the Vatican, meticulously developed over the years and articulated through extensive religious, philosophical, and ethical discourse.

It reaffirms the Catholic Church's stances on several modern-day controversies, notably gender theory and surrogacy, urging a discourse that does not lose sight of human dignity. Through this document, the Vatican seeks to engage with and provide moral guidance on these pressing issues, emphasizing the sanctity of life and human dignity according to the Church's doctrines.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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