Pope Francis has a reputation for liberalizing the Catholic Church. On LGBTQ issues, he’s backed same-sex civil unions and opposed laws criminalizing homosexuality. But endorsing transgenderism is a line that he refuses to cross.
In an interview with an Argentine newspaper, the Pope called gender ideology “one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations” in the world today. He said, “Some people are a bit naive and believe that it is the way to progress.” But it’s dangerous “because it blurs differences and the value of men and women.”
The Pope said these people “do not distinguish what is respect for sexual diversity or diverse sexual preferences from what is already an anthropology of gender, which is extremely dangerous because it eliminates differences, and that erases humanity, the richness of humanity, both personal, cultural, and social, the diversities and the tensions between differences.”
He added, “All humanity is the tension of differences. It is to grow through the tension of differences. The question of gender is diluting the differences and making the world the same, all dull, all alike, and that is contrary to the human vocation.”
If you had to point to a case that was ground zero for the push to give confused children dangerous chemicals and irreversible surgery to “transition” them to the opposite gender (a biological impossibility) rather than the mental health care and support they need, it would be the case of Jazz Jennings.
Born Jared Jennings, he decided he was really a girl at age six. His parents (especially his mother) not only indulged but encouraged this; and her son became the first “trans” child celebrity, dressing as a girl in glittery outfits, starring in reality shows, and receiving the fawning celebrity interview treatment from Oprah, Barbara Walters and many more. At 17, while still a minor but after years of puberty blockers, Jennings underwent multiple surgeries to try to convert his male genitals to female. This is what’s now being sold to us as the only formula for happiness for “trans kids.”
But Megan Fox at PJ Media reports that it hasn’t led to happiness for Jazz Jennings.
The damage from years of puberty blockers made the surgery more difficult. It was botched and had to be redone, which resulted in continuing pain, rapid 100-pound weight gain, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems that were likely always there in some form and should have been treated as mental health problems. Jennings still has to undergo two hours a day of painful medical treatments due to the surgery. But his mother, who pushed him into a lucrative career as a trans kid reality star, is still all-in as the head of an organization promoting more “transing” of children.
“Jazz” Jennings is now 22 and still has a reality show, but it’s a sobering watch and a cautionary tale. Jennings recently broke down on it and cried, “I just want to feel like myself. All I want is to be happy and feel like me and I don’t feel like me ever!”
It’s tragic that this poor child was misled into trying to be what he could never be instead of being taught that true happiness only comes from being content with the way God made you. But it would be even more tragic if we let political activists, deluded parents and greedy quacks do the same thing to thousands more innocent and confused children that they did to “Jazz” Jennings.