Gender-affirming surgery threatens dignity of a person – Pope Francis warns

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The Vatican has issued a strong warning against “gender theory” and said that any gender-affirming surgery risks threatening “the unique dignity” of a person, in a new document signed off and approved by Pope Francis.
Titled “Dignitas Inifinita” (Infinite Dignity) the declaration focuses on what it describes as a range of threats to human dignity, including poverty, the death penalty, war, assisted dying, abortion, sexual abuse and the abuse of women.
The text, published by the Vatican doctrine office on Monday, states that attempts to obscure “the sexual difference between man and woman” should be rejected.
“It follows that any sex-change
intervention, as a rule, risks threatening the unique dignity the person has received from the moment of conception,” it adds.
On abortion, it strongly reiterates what the pontiff has said in the past, that the
“defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right.”
Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against gender ideology in the past, describing it as “ugly” for erasing what he says are distinctions between men and women.

Francis in this new document describes gender theory as a form of “ideological colonisation” that “intends to deny the greatest possible difference that exists between living beings: sexual difference” which it says is “the most beautiful and most powerful of them.”
Gender-affirming surgery, it adds, is to be avoided because “the body serves as the living context in which the interiority of the soul unfolds and manifests itself” but the document says medical intervention is permitted for those with “genital abnormalities.”

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