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Detroit archbishop’s pastoral: respect biological gender

March 29, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: In a pastoral letter on “the challenges of gender identity,” Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit has said that in Church institutions, “All documents and records shall reflect the person’s God-given biological sex.”

The pastoral calls for compassion for “individuals experiencing gender confusion” but orders that “all ministers of the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit... students, and registered youth program participants shall respect their God-given biological sex regarding (but not limited to) the use of personal pronouns, dress code, bathrooms, and all other facilities.”

Homosexual activists have protested the pastoral letter, with one saying that the archbishop was promoting “outdated Catholic dogma.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 29, 2024 11:34 AM ET USA

    Archbishop Vigneron presented a very normal, common-sense, traditional, and Catholic instruction. But the reaction to it; calling it an “outdated Catholic dogma,” demonstrates that the Church's silence on the ongoing fundamental challenges to the social order only contributes to confusion and corruption of the our civilization. All US Bishops need to make the same statements for the good of the Church and for the salvation of souls.