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Vatican calls gender-affirming surgery violations of human dignity

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 7, 2024.
Pope Francis delivers the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 7, 2024. Copyright Gregorio Borgia/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved.
Copyright Gregorio Borgia/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved.
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The Vatican's new doctrine put both gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy on par with abortion and euthanasia.

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The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave violations of human dignity, putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices that reject God’s plan for human life.

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued “Infinite Dignity,” a 20-page declaration that has been in the works for five years. After substantial revision in recent months, it was approved March 25 by Pope Francis, who ordered its publication.

In its most eagerly anticipated section, the Vatican repeated its rejection of “gender theory,” or the idea that one’s gender can be changed. It said God created man and woman as biologically different, separate beings, and said people must not tinker with that plan or try to "make oneself God.”

“It follows that any sex-change intervention, as a rule, risks threatening the unique dignity the person has received from the moment of conception,” the document said.

It distinguished between gender-affirming surgeries, which it rejected, and “genital abnormalities” that are present at birth or that develop later. Those abnormalities can be “resolved” with the help of health care professionals, it said.

Advocates for LGBTQ+ Catholics immediately criticized the document as outdated, harmful and contrary to the stated goal of recognizing the “infinite dignity” of all of God's children. They warned it could have real-world effects on trans people, fuelling anti-trans violence and discrimination.

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