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French bishops to remove references to parents’ sex on birth certificates

January 13, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: The French Catholic bishops’ conference has decided that children’s baptismal certificates should no longer include any reference to the sex of the parents. The policy change comes in response to new legislation requiring equal treatment for persons who identify with different genders.

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  • Posted by: TreeRing - Jan. 14, 2020 11:48 PM ET USA

    To me this seems no different from offering that pinch of incense to pagan gods under Roman emperors or eating pork as in the Book of Maccabees. We need courageous shepherds to lead us and show us how to stand up for our faith.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 14, 2020 3:08 PM ET USA

    Here is a suggestion which could perhaps simplify compliance with the law. (Note that I said "the law." I did not say "justice," "reason," or "truth.") Change the certificates to read: "human gamete donors." This designation can cover a multitude of sins, such as an accident of cohabitation, IVF, incest, rape, invalid and illicit "marriages," and so on.