Friday, June 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

Nothing is more quintessentially Gnostic than Catholic magisterial teaching about gender and human sexuality. This teaching is gnostic in the classic sense of that term because it claims to have a privileged knowledge about matters sexual hidden from everyone but the ostensibly celibate men running the Catholic church.

A majority of lay Catholics – the people actually living with these issues of gender and sexuality in the real world – have long since rejected the hidden, gnostic knowledge of the hierarchy about these matters, because it runs against the grain of our lived experience as disciples of Christ carrying out our vocations in the world. Asking us to bow to the gnostic knowledge of the hierarchy simply because Father tells us that knowledge is privileged and must be correct, given its source: I can think of few heresies as destructive to the very foundations of Catholic faith than this one.

– William D. Lindsey
Excerpted from "On Gender Transition,
Biological Prisons, and Gnosticism
June 12, 2015

Related Off-sites Links:
Caitlyn Jenner, the Archbishop, Fr. Barron, and Me – Bob Shine (Bondings 2.0, June 11, 2015).
What Makes a Woman? A Trans Woman Responds to a Mid-20th Century Era Feminist – Dana Beyer (The Huffington Post, June 11, 2015).
Who Decides What Makes a Woman? – Brynn Tannehill (The Huffington Post, June 11, 2015).
Moving On: "FTLOG, Caitlyn Jenner is Not Pretending to Be a Woman" – Dana Beyer (The Huffington Post, June 13, 2015).
Dear Caitlyn Jenner, There is One More Transition You Need to Make – Stampp Corbin (The Huffington Post, June 8, 2015).
Clinging to a Dangerous Past: Dr Paul McHugh’s Selective Reading of Transgender Medical Literature – Mari Brighe (The TransAdvocate, June 15, 2014).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Lisa Leff on Five Things to Know About Transgender People
Putting a Human Face on the 'T' of 'GLBT'
Shannon Kearns' Transgender Day of Remembrance Message: "We Are Beloved Children of the Universe"
Living Lives of Principle
We Three . . . Queens
Signs and Wonders Continue
Something to Think About – June 3, 2015

Image: Kristen Solberg.

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