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Archbishop backs transgender ban, but says human dignity must prevail

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Archdiocese for the Military Services offered support for President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of a ban on transgender people serving in any branch of the military.

In a 28th July statement, the archbishop said that “sexual orientation and gender identity issues reflect a rapidly increasing and incorrect societal attitude that individual behaviors in life should pursue immediate and personal choices rather than eternal truth.”

He said that “personal choices in life, whether regarding the protection of the unborn, the sanctity of marriage and the family or the acceptance of a person’s God-created biology, should be made not solely for a penultimate reality on this earth but in anticipation of the ultimate reality of sharing in the very life of God in heaven.”

While supporting the ban, Archbishop Broglio said that Trump’s emphasis on military readiness and the cost associated with gender reassignment surgeries and therapies as reasons for the ban failed “to address the essence of the issue – the dignity of the human person.”

Picture: US President Donald Trump greets members of the military as he arrives at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beaver, W.Va on 24th July. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Archdiocese for the Military Services supported Trump’s reinstatement of a ban on transgender people serving in any branch of the military but said human dignity must prevail. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters).