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A U.S. archbishop has taken an orthodox stand on a hot-button issue, and liberal Catholics are enraged.
In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Nick Wylie discusses the controversy about a speech opposing transgenders.
Abp. Paul Coakley, archdiocese of Oklahoma City: "If the Devil can confuse society about sex and gender, he obscures our understanding of God's plan for humanity at its very roots. All aspects of the natural law are then undermined."
At a recent Napa Institute event, Oklahoma City's Abp. Paul Coakley gave a 45-minute talk titled "Transgenderism and the Eclipse of Truth."
Abp. Coakley: "There's no starker proof that we live in a culture where experience and a desire eclipse the truth than the transgender movement."
Robert Shine, managing editor, New Ways Ministry: "How do we move forward from here in our advocacy for an LGBTQ-inclusive Church?"
Robert Shine, managing editor for New Ways Ministry, wrote in an article, "The archbishop's latest comments at a Napa Institute event hit a new and dangerous low. Comparing transgender equality to something demonic is not only theologically wrong, but extremely harmful."
Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director, DignityUSA: "What we're calling for here is a re-examination of Church policies. We believe that the existing teachings and policies are doing damage to our Church."
The executive director of DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, who has a transsexual son, commented, "That so many of our church's leaders are helping to make transgender and nonbinary people the target of elevated discrimination, social scorn and even violence is sin."
Fr. James Martin, S.J., America magazine: "There are many people in Heaven who are LGBTQ, who are gay, who are lesbian, who are probably transgender even."
Fr. James Martin tweeted, "Equating LGBTQ people, including transgender people, in any way, with the 'demonic' leads inevitably to more hatred, harassment and violence. Stigmatizing and dehumanizing language will mean even greater suffering for an already at-risk community."
Abp. Coakley: "In the face of all these dangers posed by the trans movement, we are called to love. We are called to accompany every person struggling with gender dysphoria, especially since they are typically in immense pain."
Only people who are deeply confused and hurt would ever consider themselves transsexual. And what they need is truth, not so-called acceptance.
In his talk, Abp. Coakley also explained the interconnectedness of contraception, divorce, homosexuality and transsexualism.