Bishops Discourage Catholic Health Care Groups from Performing Gender-Affirming Care

Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service reports, “A group of U.S. Catholic bishops has issued a statement discouraging Catholic health care groups from performing various gender-affirming medical procedures, suggesting they are ‘injurious’ and do not respect the ‘intrinsic unity of body and soul.’” The members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine unanimously issued the proclamation. Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic organization that serves LGBTQ people, said in a statement, “The bishops’ unwillingness to counter any of the evidence from the scientific community or the experience of transgender people is neither good theology nor acceptable pastoral care.”

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