Cardinal Vincent Nichols has warned teachers against embracing gender ideology in Catholic schools.
Cardinal Nichols suggested that children would find their “greatest joy” by accepting their biological sex rather than selecting a gender of their choice.
Children are not “single, self-determining individuals,” the cardinal told head teachers from the Archdiocese of Westminster at an annual conference, but belonged to a family with “firm points of reference…of vital importance.”
He said Catholic moral teaching in areas of friendship, relationships, family life and human sexuality rested on the foundations of the Church’s vision of common humanity rather than on individualism.
“In an age of fluidity, even in gender identity, and at a time when the response to ‘difference’ is to become closed in a self-selecting world of the like-minded and reject that which is different, such foundations are so important,” said Cardinal Nichols in his speech in Ashford, near London.
“They affirm that there are ‘givens’ which come with birth and with solid identities and which project across generations,” the cardinal continued. “They help up keep hold of the reality that we are not single, self-determining individuals, but members of a great family, with all its trials, diversities and struggles, and within that family, not alone, will we find our greatest joy.”
The comments of Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, represent the first time he has spoken in public about the new ideology that treats gender as a social construct rather than a biological fact.
Picture: A unisex restroom sign is displayed at a restaurant. (CNS photo/John G. Mabanglo, EPA).