Has anybody honestly been expecting Pope Francis to show his support for transgenderism?
I suppose the surprise with the release of his encyclical on Thursday is that he found a way to introduce the subject within the context of his plea for the environment.
True, everyone is a product of nature, as he pointed out. But he failed to mention that the industrial pollution he was decrying may also be playing a part in altering the biochemical wiring of the brain while in development in the womb, and may be a primary cause of transsexualism.
When he urged people to accept their bodies as they are and not manipulate them, he overlooked the inner working of the brain — which, to the best of my knowledge, is part of the body. Trans people are, in fact, accepting what their brain wiring is telling them and making body changes accordingly.
Still, one can expect simple, narrow-minded views from a man who takes the creation story literally and worships a mythical supernatural entity.
But the reality is while many people do share the pope’s superficial beliefs, many do not and don’t feel that they have to answer to the Catholic Church or any other religious organization.
The pope and other religious leaders spend much time talking about the body, but very little time talking about the immortal spirit that some, including me, believe inhabits it.
As a Theosophist, I believe the spirit is sexless. Sarah Belle Dougherty, also a Theosophist, writes in an article called Evolution and the Sexes that human beings are “innately sexless consciousness-centers which express themselves through material forms suited to their ever-growing awareness. ”
Sarah points out that there was a time in man’s evolution when he was androgynous, that he “was not divided into sexes,” and even points to the Bible to support that theory.
She believes “that physical bodies reflect the activity of underlying spiritual and psychomental forces.”
And so it goes. It’s just not as simple as the pope makes it out to be. One cannot just turn off a switch and make transgenderism go away.
Trans people should not be disheartened by his words, and should recognize them for what they are: an antiquated superficial view of life. Still, he means well.
There is no doubt that a Mother Nature modified by man is playing a role in the changing genetic makeup of the human race, for better and for worse.
While the pope may see transgenderism as the latter, many people who embrace their transgenderism see it as a great liberation, and rejoice in the awareness that comes with it.
– Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life — Alice Bailey