A Catholic diocese in Iowa has had enough of the left-wing gender ideology push regarding ‘preferred pronouns’ and the use of facilities by persons of the opposite sex based on their ‘gender identity’ in its schools and parishes, naturally drawing the ire of woke activists.
The Diocese of Des Moines began implementing the new anti-woke policies on Monday and will continue to push back on the far-left gender agenda as supporters of the effort are praising the decision, according to the Daily Wire.
“Any parochial, organizational, or institutional documentation which requires the designation of a person’s sex is to reflect that person’s biological sex,” the diocese noted. “No person may designate a ‘preferred pronoun’ in speech or in writing when related to ministry activities of any kind, nor are parishes, organizations, or institutions to permit such a designation.
“To permit the designation of a preferred pronoun, while intended as an act of charity, instead promotes the dissociation of biological sex and ‘gender’ and thereby confuses or denies personal integrity,” the policy continues.
“All persons must use the bathroom or locker room that matches their biological sex,” the diocese added. “Diocesan parishes, organizations, and institutions are permitted to have individual-use bathrooms that are available for all members of the respective community.”
“Finally, a church that is acting like a church,” one supporter declared, according to The Daily Mail.
However, state Sen. Claire Celsi, a Democrat, snapped, “This is not what Jesus would do.”
“To actually come out, and say, ‘We’re going to stamp this out, we’re going to pretend like it doesn’t exist,’ and issue this kind of edict is, I think, reprehensible,” she told the Des Moines Register.
“You cannot pretend to be compassionate while misgendering people and denying them access to any and all spaces under your control,” Courtney Reyes, executive director of the LGBTQ+ equality organization One Iowa, complained.
The diocesan policy continues:
The Church’s teaching that our identities as male and female are established as part of God’s providential plan for humanity. … While there are obvious cultural and individual variations in how gender roles and personal qualities are expressed and accented, each person is called to a life of wholeness and integration, which in this context means an alignment between his or her gender identity and his or her sexual identity manifested at birth. …
A person’s “gender” is inseparable from biological sex. The Catechism states that “Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul.” Therefore, while biological sex and gender—or the socio-cultural manifestation of sex as well as “psychological identity” —can be distinguished, they can never be separated.