Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, expresses a slight disapproval for the transgender movement, with the pontiff urging schools to teach kids to accept the natural "male and female" body given to them.
In the recently released Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis dedicated five pages to address the need for sex education. Amidst the growing transgender movement in schools in the United Kingdom and the United States, the pontiff remains steadfast against encouraging students to choose a different gender identity for themselves.
As part of sex education, children should be taught to both respect and appreciate differences, said Pope Francis in Amor Laetitia. The Roman Catholic Church leader also said children need to be taught to accept their body as it is and not think that they have power over their own bodies.
"In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment," the pope said. "... Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies and to avoid the pretension 'to cancel out sexual difference because one no longer knows how to deal with it.'"
However, the pontiff cautioned against using rigid standards of masculinity and femininity to define a person.
Pope Francis' assertions on the transgender issue in Amoris Laetitia are parallel to the stand of the conservative American College of Pediatricians. The medical group recently warned that transgender advocates risk inflicting physical and psychological damage to children with their ideologies, Breitbart relays.
The physicians said not being able to identify with the given biological sex is a sign of a psychological disorder, and it should be dealt with accordingly instead of pandered to. They explained that human sexuality is designed to be either male or female, but one's awareness of it may be affected by relationships, perceptions, and untoward experiences during their early years.
In addition, the American College of Pediatricians encouraged the practice of good parenting by helping children accept their given sexual identity. They added that treating gender confusion as normal would constitute child abuse.