A recent article published in The Linacre Quarterly (June 17, 2020), entitled “The Vatican Opinion on Gender Theory” is a reasoned response to the Timothy F. Murphy article, published in the section Guest editorial in the journal Bioethics with the title “The Vatican on gender theory and the responsibilities of medicine” (October 21, 2019). Below is our transcript of the Abstract and the Summary of our aforementioned article, which summarizes our position on gender theory and our statement that the pronouncements of the Catholic Church are based on scientific evidence, which allows the current enriching dialogue between science and religion.

Gender perspective and scientific evidence.  Are there differences between Vatican opinion and current scientific evidence?

This article is a reasoned response to the article by Timothy F. Murphy, recently published in the prestigious journal Bioethics, on the supposed opposition between the views of the Catholic Church and what he calls “contemporary science” in relation to certain anthropological issues linked to the gender perspective. To point to “the Vatican” as anchored in an unscientific and anachronistic position. But the author using the term contemporary science (appears to be a talisman word) to which he attributes a unanimous representation of current scientific thinking on the subject is, in our view, unfounded and completely unacceptable. In his reflection, he does not adequately distinguish between intersex and transgenderism. Ther are two clearly different realities with different needs. Murphy defends the obsolescence of the binary sex/gender model that, in his view, “betrays human sexuality.” without giving any scientific evidence. Furthermore, he also does so without providing a plausible justification or a definition of human nature that is able to support the plurality and indeterminacy of sexual conditions, without falling back on untenable dualisms or relativism devoid of scientific objectivity.

In our response, we highlight how the dialogue between Faith and Reason, as developed in the recent Magisterium of the Catholic Church, is essential to explain nature, the human being and, in general, all creations. Finally, “contemporary science” does not provide a monolithic and unquestionable view of the nature of human beings and their sexual identity, as the author claims but not proves. Many scientists confirming evidence of binary human sexuality genetically and phenotypically determined is silenced by the author.

Summary

Gender perspective and scientific evidence in the views of the Catholic Church

This paper is a reasoned response to the supposed opposition between the views of the Catholic Church and “contemporary science” in relation to certain anthropological issues linked to the gender perspective. The dialogue between Faith and Reason, as developed in the recent Magisterium of the Catholic Church, is essential to explain nature, the human being and, in general, all creation, against the opinion of those who defend the obsolescence of the binary sex/gender model that, in their view, “betrays human sexuality”.