Gender debate hampered by 'growing close-mindedness’

Fr Paschal Corby OFM Conv. (Catholic Theological College)

A growing close-mindedness to honest debate on gender in secular society is a continuing challenge, an Australian Catholic Medical Association forum has heard. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Fr Paschal Corby OFM Corby, a lecturer in moral theology at Melbourne’s Catholic Theological College, addressed these issues at the Sex, Gender and the Human Person online forum on Saturday, hosted by the Australian Catholic Medical Association.

“One of the biggest challenges that we face is the threat of restrictions to debate this issue and to treat cases adequately,” Fr Corby said.

In his address, Fr Corby discussed his broader body of work in bioethics in a discussion called “Post-Modernism, Freedom and Christian Anthropology”.

“Along with attempts to criminalise so-called gay conversion therapy, several state governments have or are considering legislation that would support only ‘gender-affirming’ medical interventions in cases of gender dysphoria.”

This challenge, Fr Corby said, has meant that an individual is not given choice should they choose to be treated for gender dysphoria.

“Such legislation would also restrict the capacity of medical practitioners and society in general to question the wisdom of transgenderism, to provide alternative therapies that seek to integrate the person with their body, or indeed to preach a theology of the body.

“This would include cases of children and adolescents, in which the freedom of parents to seek help for their children in keeping with their faith and moral beliefs would be denied.”

Central to Fr Corby’s work is the belief of the human body as a gift from God, drawing from the teachings of Humanae Vitae. More than 50 years after its promulgation by Pope St Paul VI, Fr Corby believes this encyclical remains largely misunderstood and sadly ignored.

“Episcopal conferences around the world deferred its teaching on contraception to the domain of personal conscience, while failing miserably in their duty to help form those consciences to the truth of its teaching,” Fr Corby said.

“It is in the body that we discover our true identity as created in the image and likeness of God, that we know our Creator, and therefore know how to choose and act accordingly.”


Fr Paschal on Bioethics and the Gender Debate in Australia (Melbourne Catholic

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