Responding to Bruce Jenner’s Vanity Fair Reveal

Women are women and men are not, and men are men and women are not. That’s as simple as I can put it, but let’s keep going. I’m not criticizing these people, I’m criticizing the mindset behind it. If what I’m saying sounds at all hateful or discriminatory, that’s a good indication that our culture has had a deep impression upon you, which is not your fault, but I think it’s time we tackle this topic with logic and clarity.

Pope Benedict gave an extensive warning on the use of the “term ‘gender’ as a new philosophy of sexuality. It’s seen as politically incorrect to call transgenderism a mental illness, but that’s what it is, gender identity disorder. Gender is now becoming more of a social role that you choose for yourself regardless of what you were born as. For example some people talk having a “yellow baby” rather than pink or blue so not to disclose any particular gender and let the child pick for itself. However, it’s not like that, we know that God created us either man or a woman for a reason and Pope Benedict warned against anyone “choosing for it themselves” because it goes against the nature of life. Our bodily identity serves as a defining element of our whole human selves physically and physiologically. Benedict says it does a person great harm when they call their true human nature into question and attempt in changing their gender, which we know scientifically and spiritually is impossible no matter how you attempt to change yourself. There’s beauty in our sexuality and it’s intrinsically linked to whom God created us to become.

This is my favorite quote to describe the situation, When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being.” When we deny ourselves like this, we are actually denying God in a huge way not only because we’re practically playing God but because in denying our personhood were also denying Him because we are made in His image and likeness, which explains what Benedict means when he says, ”man too is stripped of His dignity as a creature of God, the image of God at His core.”

We pray for people like Bruce and love him because he is a son of God and will always be welcomed in Christ, but he is very much forgetting the beauty in his true sexuality, and how it’s intrinsically linked to him being created as child of God. From what I understand Bruce has been struggling with this for a long time, and I send a virtual slap to the back of the hand at the people who accuse him of doing this as a “cry for attention.” Perhaps he likes the recent attention, but the wounds are much deeper here than that, and who’s really at fault here are the people in his life that never showed him the beauty within his own sexuality and helped him rediscover it.

As the Vatican II document ‎Gaudium et Spes states, “For without the creator, the creature would disappear, when God is forgotten, the creature itself grows unintelligible” (36). We can’t forget about God, but sadly, that is what’s happened here. It was God’s will for Bruce to be a man, and hopefully this cross will help lead him closer to God in some way because there is goodness in our sexuality. As Catholics we need to remember to treat this issue with compassion and love, but that doesn’t mean we can’t disagree with it. We’re all sinners. We all have something that makes life a little harder to live, but that  doesn’t mean that the truth about our human identity should be compromised along the way.

PLEASE check out this intelligent and reasonable video by Father Mike Schmitz for better clarity and understanding about this issue:


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