Gabon Archdiocese Opposes Homosexuality Decriminalization; And More Catholic LGBTQ News

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1) An archbishop in the African nation of Gabon unsuccessfully tried to stop the decriminalization of homosexuality, which was accomplished by reversing a 2019 law that had made same-gender sexual relations illegal, reported The New York Times. The Archdiocese of Libreville, led by Archbishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba, released a statement saying, “In the name of the wisdom of our ancestors, contained in our various cultures, which celebrates life, love, family, we say no to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.” To learn more about how church leaders have responded to the criminalization of homosexuality, click here.

2) Catholic officials in Uganda are working to prevent adoptions by gay and lesbian people. The Archdiocese of Kampala’s Director of Communications, Mukasa Nkeera, commented to Global Press Journal, “If they decide to love each other as man to man and woman to woman, then they are well aware that they can’t produce children. Why then give them a chance to raise our children?” Homosexuality remains criminalized in the country where a conviction can lead to life imprisonment.

3) Brian McNeill, president of Dignity/Twin Cities, testified in support of Minnesota state legislation that would ban conversion therapy, according to MinnPostMcNeill noted the particular harm that linking such practices to religious faith can cause, and he called attempts to change or stymie an LGBTQ identity “unprofessional.”

4) Catholic Church leaders in Scotland are opposing proposed changes to laws concerning transgender people, which some government officials and LGBTQ advocates claim need reforming because they are too burdensome. The Catholic Parliamentary Office of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland released a briefing paper, reported Crux, that said changes to the law “risk creating medical, social and legal complications which will be difficult to resolve and damaging to those involved” and that there are “particular risks for children and women.” The church leaders also claim that changing such things as how transgender people legally transition would infringe on rights like free speech and religious freedom.

5) Last year, the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia held a meeting with about 80 LGBTQ people and allies that included an auxiliary bishop to discuss the church’s approach to gender and sexuality issues. This meeting helped prepare for the Plenary Council scheduled for two sessions in 2021 and 2020, reported The Sydney Morning HeraldThere were mixed reviews from participants on whether the meeting was productive time or simply a chance to make church officials look good.

Robert Shine,  New Ways Ministry, July 18, 2020

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  1. Sarasi
    Sarasi says:

    There’s more in the CRUX article about how Catholic leadership in Scotland is interpreting/spinning the research on young people when they say “rates of persistence in gender dysphoria for children is low, with the vast majority of them reconciling with their biological sex beyond adolescence.” (That quote comes from the CRUX article cited here.)

    As far as I can tell, this is a dumbed-down and deliberately skewed summary of the research. Gender specialists point out that the studies from which such conclusions are extrapolated were never “desistance” studies to begin with, desistance being the term used to describe moving past one’s gender identity and reconciling to one’s anatomy. On the contrary, these studies were looking at factors leading to persistence of trans identity, i.e., the opposite of desistance, and found them. (Yes, there are specific factors that do lead to persistence.)

    In one well-known study likely cited by the bishops’ conference, anyone who didn’t return to the clinic following initial consultations was defined as a desisting. In fact, half of that cohort couldn’t even be tracked down.
    In addition, it’s difficult or impossible to draw conclusions about the people who did not proceed to transition. In some cases, they were never potential candidates for transition to start with but, in the words of one researcher, “boys whose parents were upset because they were boys wearing dresses. They were brought to the clinics because they weren’t fitting gender norms.” Not that this would be OK with the Catholic leadership either and, in fact, is a cause for expulsion in some US Catholic schools.

    It’s important to be really vigilant about the spin the Church is putting on these topics and to recognize that they will do anything to preserve their doctrinal purity around male and female which, let’s face it, prioritizes and rewards “male.” I notice that the bishops’ conference also raises the old bug-bear of gender as a mere “social construct,” something that has NEVER been claimed or defended by any philosopher or health care specialist and differs substantially from the actual theory that we all “construct” our identities based on given anatomy, societal and family expectations, personality, and experiences.

    The straw men live. Get acquainted with them.

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  2. DON SIEGAL
    DON SIEGAL says:

    Oppressive Catholic LGBTQ News

    These were all very sad stories. If it weren’t for my inclusive mission Catholic Church and New Ways Ministry, I would be compelled to find a place where I would be welcome. What is wrong with these intransigent and incorrigible bishops? Why doesn’t Pope Francis say and do something about this heresy? These teachings are an apostasy to all Catholic social and economic teachings.

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