And in other news, the American Psychiatric Association has announced the appointment of a member of the Vatican Council to its panel on Gender Identity Disorders.
VOTF means "Voice of the Faithful" by the way.
From the Catholic Herald:
No biological cause of transsexualism has been identified. Rather, the cause appears to stem from psychological development, and thereby transsexualism should be treated with psychotherapy. Interestingly, even after surgery, transsexuals need at least some psychotherapeutic support.Even though such treatment has a 0.0% success rate. What are mere facts against Faith? And now we have someone who has had such wonderful success, totally preventing any paedophilia from ever occurring in the priesthood, as an expert on "Gender Identity". Someone who hasn't published a single paper on the issue.
Finally, a transsexual will never be able to enter validly into the sacrament of Matrimony. A man who undergoes sexual reassignment will never really be a woman, or vice versa; rather, a man will be a man (or a woman will be a woman), except with a mutilated body and profound psychological disordering. Moreover, a transsexual will never be able to consummate the marriage in the fullest expression of love of husband and wife, and never will there be a real openness to life and the creation of children.
To destroy organs purposefully that are healthy and functioning, and to try to create imitation organs which will never have the genuineness and functioning of authentic organs is gross and lacks charity. Such surgery which purposefully destroys the bodily integrity of the person must be condemned.
Nevertheless, individuals suffering from gender dysphoria syndrome must be treated with compassion. They need spiritual counseling which will help them realize the great love of God who loves them as individuals who have been created in His image and likeness. They need proper psychotherapy which will help them to face realistically their human situation and the world, and the consequences of their actions on themselves and their relationships with family and friends. Such counseling will also direct them to spiritual, intellectual and social pursuits to realize their self-worth and divert their preoccupation with sexual identity.
One hopes he will be confined to the subcommittee on sex offenders. No, perhaps not, in view of his spectacular lack of success in the area.
Will he be able to let his medical training and scientific objectivity over-ride official Vatican doctrine on the subject? One can be forgiven for entertaining doubts.
I feel in need of some psychotherapeutic support at the moment, because it seems to me that the Lunatics have taken over the asylum.
UPDATE - had it not been so late when I posted this, I would have cross-checked the reported facts - such as the allegation that he was a member of Opus Dei - with primary sources. And would have found this:
"As a non-Catholic, I was impressed with the deep, genuine concern about the issue, the willingness to be open and listen, and the proactive approach to doing the right thing," Kafka said. "I was very encouraged by this meeting."I won't remove my post, but I will issue this correction. When I get things wrong, as I will sometimes, I shouldn't hide it. Otherwise how can others judge my credibility?