Nun ministering to transgender women
gets thumbs-up from Pope
There's just one problem: the individuals the nun is assisting are not women.
OK, so maybe don't focus on the headline; headlines have to be brief. So let's look at the body of the article. Surely at some point, this publication will explain that "trangender woman" means a man who believes himself to be a woman, and presents himself to the world as such.
No -- in fact, neither the world "men" or "male" ever appears in the article. But women appears a lot.
Just to be crystal clear: the issue isn't the nun, or the pope. (Indeed, the pope, with somewhat convoluted language, actually makes a little clearer what Crux cannot bring itself to clarify.) I'm not objecting to the nun helping these individuals; she seems to be doing wonderful things.
And, this doesn't have to be handled in a heavy-handed way. Here's what you do:
- Put "transgender women" in quotes whenever used. And use that term sparingly.
- Explain early on what this term means, perhaps as I did, above.
- If you don't want to refer to these individuals as males or men in subsequent references (admittedly, it can be confusing or cumbersome), then refer to them as "individuals" or "people" or "the group" or "the participants in the program."
Look: I understand that our society is marching along in this fools' parade, embracing a lie about basic biology, because that's what compassion supposedly requires. But tell me why a Catholic publication needs to go along with that? Why do the Knights of Columbus need to pay for it?
To put it another way: if Catholics start participating in the lie, what hope does truth have?