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Talks set to deliver ‘truth with love’ on transgender debate

Catholics are being called to speak the truth in the transgender debate ‘compassionately and without judgement.’ — by Matt Meade

Catholics are being called to speak the truth in the transgender debate ‘compassionately and without judgement.’

Sr Andrea Fraile, pictured right, a Sister of the Gospel of Life, believes too many people are confused about the facts amidst the clamour of competing voices online and in the media.

She hopes to help remedy that at two free events hosted by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh this month titled ‘Male & Female He Created Them.’

She said: “If we’re going to tell the truth we have to do it in love or we will not be listened to.


“People are wounded and can feel condemned before you open your mouth. They need to know we love them and want to help them. We don’t believe that transitioning or identifying as the other gender is going to do that.”

The event comes amidst a Scottish Government consultation on new legislation around the ability to change gender.

Gender theory has led to school programmes and legal changes which suggest human gender identity is merely the choice of an individual and can change over time.

“Often people who want to transition are actually wounded in a very core way and need help,” Sr Fraile said. “We have to say that. It affects a very tiny portion of people and it’s good to remember that too.

“But the mass media and social media inflames things to such an incredible degree. We need to reclaim our vocabulary because words are being hijacked to mean different things.

The Sisters of the Gospel of Life

“You can’t go down the relativism path. There is a truth which is written into the human heart as part of our human nature.

“This is not just Catholic doctrine, it’s natural law.”

The Sisters of the Gospel of Life, a Glasgow based religious community, describe their main apostolate as ‘the promotion of the dignity of the human being, particularly as regards the role of the family, the sanctity of motherhood, a renewed understanding of the complementarity of the sexes and catechesis.’

Sr Fraile continued: “There’s so much inconsistency in the arguments proposed that it just depends on what you personally think and feel and what your opinion is today, but not tomorrow.

Transgender talks

“So we have to be super consistent in how we approach it and incredibly loving to these people.”

She will be joined at both events by Dr Adrian Treloar of the Catholic Medical Association.

His talk is titled ‘Transgender, from a medical and a Christian perspective.’

He said: “There is great suffering and hardship associated with gender dysphoria which we see in terms of high rates of self-harm, suicide and many other challenges.

“There are real concerns, especially for vulnerable people and perhaps especially for children and teenagers.

“Seeing, as we must, the humanity of every person, the Church is bound to care deeply about those who suffer.

“We will explore those issues and the implications, as well as the background to same-sex attraction and transgender people.”

Male & Female He Created Them—a mini-symposium on gender theory at Our Lady and St Ninian’s Church, Bannockburn, will take place at 7pm on Friday February 28, and at The Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, at 2pm on Saturday February 29. Register by searching the event title on Eventbrite. Those without online access can call 0131 623 8900.

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