13 June 2019, The Tablet

Gender and identity: The Vatican has gone astray


A reminder of Pope Francis’ maxim that “reality is greater than theory” would have been a useful starting point for the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education’s study of sex and gender. Instead its document, Male and Female He Created Them, makes the classic mistake of arguing the other way round. The result, intended to be helpful to teachers and educationalists, is unlikely to be much use to them – except in one important respect.

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