Identity by Father John Higgins

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In late July Pope Francis spoke to Bishops in Poland. Instead of merely talking about World Youth Day or Poland he said something very important for Catholics, all Christians and all people around the world:

“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these?-?I will call it clearly by its name?-?is [the ideology of] ‘gender.’ Today children?-?children!?-?are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex.”

“Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this [is] terrible.”


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The push by today’s extremists has people thinking that we can all simply choose what gender we wish to be and others should recognize that as valid. The same is happening if someone wants to identify as a tall person or a short person, they want to identify as having been born into the wrong ethnic group, so they say that they are of another ethnic background. Is this something new? No, not at all. It’s been going on for a very long time. But now it is being accepted as normal, whereas before it was a fairly clear indicator that someone had lost touch with reality.

When I was in the Seminary I did some work in a State Hospital. Some of the people there were severely mentally handicapped. Some seemed normal at first, but then revealed that they had some real mental problems. I worked with psychologists and psychiatrists, mental health nurses and other professionals as I learned from these people, but did not treat anyone. I was a student, not a therapist. After ordination I did some work with a Catholic Psychiatrist and learned a great deal from him as well. One of the basic things I learned is the concept of “reality therapy”. If someone claims to be Napoleon Bonaparte it is not a good idea to encourage him to invade Russia.

Some people think that God loves us just the way we are. In a way they are right. He has loved us into being. It is His love that has guided humanity throughout the ages. It is His love that sent His Only Begotten Son to save us from our sins. Here is where we depart from what other people think about God. We believe that our sins have turned us away from God and to our own self-will. This is the essence of sin. He loves us just the way we are, but He also challenges us to turn from sin and do His Will. Humanity has rejected God’s Love for it’s own self-centered desires and passions. It is because God loves us that He wants us to turn from our own choices and accept His Will and His Love in our lives. Secular influences say that we should have the freedom of choice and do whatever we want to do. We Catholics must remember that the pro-choice, pro-self determinism, the pro gender identity and other so-called “progressive” ideas are contrary to Catholic Moral teaching. Some say we Catholics are too old fashioned and must change to “get with the times”. That’s like telling someone that they really are Napoleon and that they should therefore invade Russia.

The reality of the situation is that Jesus is King of the Universe. We are His family on earth. We must always follow Him.


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