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Pope Francis Says Transgender Surgery Defies God

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Transgender surgery defies God


The Vatican recently released a statement asserting that individuals who undergo gender-affirming surgery are going against the natural order established by God.

Infinite Dignity


This declaration, titled “Infinite Dignity,” was approved by Pope Francis after five years of development.

Role of God


The statement emphasizes the belief that humans should not attempt to change the biological distinctions between men and women, as doing so would be seen as trying to take on the role of God.

Transgender rights


Amid a contentious societal discussion on transgender rights, particularly regarding the participation of trans women in women’s sports and spaces designated for women, a recent report has brought these issues to the forefront.



Some companies and brands that have shown support for the LGBTQ+ community have faced severe criticism, like Bud Light, a beer brand that found itself embroiled in a social media uproar in 2023.

Catholic Church


The Catholic Church has also faced internal divisions on these matters. For instance, former American Bishop Joseph Strickland, who expressed views favoring traditional marriage and criticized gender transition, was dismissed by the Pope, who has been striving to foster a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals within the church.

Transgender surgery


The Catholic Church views transgender surgery as going against the natural order established by God, categorizing it alongside abortion and euthanasia as practices that deviate from God’s intended plan.

God’s design


The report equates transgender surgery to an attempt to override God’s design and interfere with the inherent human dignity bestowed by God, likening it to playing God during a “sex-change intervention” on the operating table.

Corrective surgery


While the declaration allows for corrective surgery for “genital abnormalities” that can be medically addressed, it maintains a stance against altering one’s sex through surgery.



Groups within the LGBTQ+ community that identify as Catholic have strongly criticized the document, labeling it as outdated and contradicting the fundamental principle of acknowledging the inherent worth and value of every individual as children of God.

Violence and discrimination


These groups have raised concerns that the document may exacerbate instances of violence and discrimination against transgender individuals.

Gender-diverse people


“While it lays out a wonderful rationale for why each human being, regardless of condition in life, must be respected, honored, and loved, it does not apply this principle to gender-diverse people,” said Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for LGBTQ+ Catholics.

Progressive stance


While the document displayed a more progressive stance on certain issues, such as affirming that homosexuality is not a criminal offense and condemning countries that treat it as such due to its violation of human dignity, it also addressed other threats to human dignity like poverty, war, human trafficking, and forced migration.

Against surrogacy


In addition to criticizing transgender surgeries, the church also took a firm stance against surrogacy. The Vatican emphasized that every child has the right to be born through natural means and to receive the gift of life with dignity, highlighting that the desire to have a child should not overshadow the child’s own dignity as the recipient of life’s gift.

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