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The Vatican Claims Gender-Affirming Surgeries Are a Threat to Human Dignity

Posted on AllSides April 8th, 2024
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The Vatican issued a declaration on Monday claiming that gender-affirming surgeries risk threatening “the unique dignity” of people, further criticizing “gender theory” and rejecting attempts to obscure the “sexual difference between man and woman.”

The document from the Vatican’s doctrinal office titled “Dignitas Infinita”—Latin for “Infinite Dignity”—also reaffirmed the faith’s opposition to abortion and euthanasia. It comes as Pope Francis has faced an intense conservative backlash to recent liberalizing measures including allowing Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples.

In a brief section on “Sex Change,” the declaration cites Francis’ view that “creation is prior to us and must...

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