Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined a growing chorus of Catholic leaders to speak out against sexual immorality and the transgender movement, reported Lifesitenews.
Chaput was the ninth Archbishop of Philadelphia, serving from 2011 until 2020. He previously served as Archbishop of Denver (1997–2011) and Bishop of Rapid City (1988–1997). He has recently retired as archbishop.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Friday, June 4, he linked “sex-change” attempts with the “foundational sin” of idolatry and called transgenderism “the final rebellion against God.”
Chaput believes that a person’s sex at birth was determined by God, not by human will or choice.
When asked about the desire for people to take on the role of God, the archbishop said, “I think that the gender issues today are the prime example of that, where we’re not even satisfied with the body that we’re born with, that we think we have the power to become something that we were not created, that I can become a woman or a woman can become a man.”
In recent months, Archbishop Chaput has joined a rising chorus of American prelates who have condemned LGBT and gender ideology.
He also talked about the sexual revolution, seeing it as another “great rebellion” against the creator and a direct cause of sexual and gender illnesses like transgenderism.
Chaput and several other bishops condemned sex change as contrary to nature and especially alarming in children and adolescents.
Last week, more than a dozen leading children’s TV shows, including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues and You, have begun to promote LGBT “pride” content, including a video starring a real-life drag queen.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone condemned puberty blockers and other transgender surgeries for minors last Monday, calling the experimental operations “awful” and an affront to the “established order.”
Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Michigan, adopted a policy earlier this year that stated a person could not change his or her sex. The human person was a body-soul union, and the body was a constitutive part of the human person, whether made male or female.
“Procedures, surgeries, and therapies designed to assist a person in ‘transitioning’ his or her sex are morally prohibited,” added the policy, which echoes one published by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois.
Also, gender ideology and transgenderism have been condemned by both the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with the USCCB emphasizing the dangers that the ideology brings to youth.
“Children especially are harmed when they are told that they can ‘change’ their sex or, further, given hormones that will affect their development and possibly render them infertile as adults,” an open letter signed by the USCCB in 2017 read.
In the beginning of the letter there is a paragraph:
“We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society. We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one’s sex as male or female.”