The former Anglican Archlayperson of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently stated the following:
To be trans is to enter a sacred journey of becoming whole: precious, honoured and loved, by yourself, by others and by God[i]
If ever there was ever a warning of how deeply a religious body can go mad when they reject the Tradition of the Church, the Anglicans are it. The differences in the so called Church of England and the true Church of Christ started very subtly, but as we can see they have now grown into a chasm.
First, believing there is such a thing as “being trans” has no historical precedent in human history for 2,000 plus years. However, now we hear even so-called Christian religious leaders using the term as if it had been around for time immemorial. There is no such thing as “trans” as there are only male and female human persons created by God. Far from “entering a sacred journey” the path of attempting to change one’s gender[ii] is pure madness, as it is an innate reality and unchangeable characteristic that is determined at conception. In reality being, “trans” is to enter a journey of trying to deny and change reailty to unreality resulting in sure psychological damage in the process.
Far from becoming “whole” this diabolical act against nature itself ensures that there is a split in the person who attempts to take on a false persona against that person’s nature while the person’s true God-given nature will always exist and have to be repeatedly suppressed. The canard that Mr. Williams has to tell “trans” people that they are “precious, honoured, and loved, by yourself, by others, and by God” clearly implies that non-woke Christians and their God do not love these people. Obviously the precise opposite is the case.
True happiness can only be found in conforming to your God-given gender, which has been understood to be normative by 2000 + years of human history.
God loves every soul He creates infinitely. In fact He loved them so much that He gave them a biological gender as part of their humanity. True happiness can only be found in conforming to that gender, which has been understood to be normative by 2000 + years of human history. It is trying to live in direct opposition to that God given reality that causes misery, heartache, psychoses, and sadly in many cases, suicide.
Now who is it that truly loves these people? Those who encourage their psychological destruction and bodily mutilation, not to mention the danger of losing their souls in the process? Or those who charitably tell them the truth and try to get them assistance whether it be from a priest, Christian psychiatrist, or otherwise?
They removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the 1970’s.
Speaking of psychiatry, the reason Mr. Williams wrote the above words, in addition to a list of other Anglican signatories, was in response to the news that an upcoming ban on “conversion therapy” in Britain would not include “transgender” persons. The term “conversion therapy” has been made a scare word by the cultural Marxists to denigrate and deride any cleric or psychiatrist who dares to attempt to assist a person with same sex attraction or who is having unwanted thoughts, temptations, or desires to become the opposite sex, to work through these unnatural urges in order to align them with the natural law and Christian moral teaching. It is important to note that this was the standard practice for Catholic clerics as well as all psychologists and psychiatrists until the radical left succeeded in infiltrating the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to the point that they removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the 1970’s.
One particular former British government advisor went even further, alleging that even praying for those suffering from same sex attraction or gender confusion should be banned:
“All prayer that seeks to change or suppress someone’s innate sexuality or gender identity is deeply damaging and causes immeasurable harm,” former government advisor, Jayne Ozanne, claimed.
“Prayer isn’t prayer if it causes you to hate yourself for being LGBT!” she also claimed. “It’s actually ‘Hate prayer.’”
“It is dangerous, damaging & must be included in a bill to [ban conversion therapy],” she went on to claim.[iii]
Ms. Ozanne made headlines in the UK’s “The Times” by saying, “I couldn’t cast out my lesbian urges, so I’ll cast out the church’s bigotry.”[iv]
The frightening absurdity of what this woman said is overshadowed only by the fact that she was formerly an advisor (in any capacity) to the British government. The hypocrisy of Ms. Ozanne hardly needs to be pointed out. The Church is not seeking to change or suppress one’s “innate sexuality” or “gender identity,” rather the Church is seeking to confirm these God given characteristics against unnatural and damaging psychological or spiritual afflictions which attempt to force one to live in denial of them. The fact that prayer does not cause one to hate oneself, but to humble oneself to ask for help from one’s Creator and loving Father goes without saying.
Ms. Ozanne, it turns out, is a practicing lesbian and evangelical Anglican who made headlines in the UK’s “The Times” by saying, “I couldn’t cast out my lesbian urges, so I’ll cast out the church’s bigotry.”[iv] Enough said.
Instead of standing as a clear Catholic voice showing true Christ-like compassion for these people by telling them the truth, our current pontiff instead met and listened to the entirely reasonable Ms. Ozanne[v] in a private audience.
An unforeseen twist to this story is that as I was researching it, I had refreshingly ceased thinking about Francis for quite some time. However, when I went to do an internet search to find out more about Ms. Ozanne, who should pop up in the results, but our dear Pontiff himself! I know that at this point I shouldn’t be surprised, but yet I was. Obviously, I should have known. If I find a lesbian evangelical Anglican and former British government advisor calling Christian prayers for conversion “hate prayer,” I would soon find Pope Francis.
As it turns out, instead of standing as a clear Catholic voice showing true Christ-like compassion for these people by telling them the truth, our current pontiff instead met and listened to the entirely reasonable Ms. Ozanne[v] in a private audience in the Pope’s own private chapel at the Casa Santa Marta in Rome! By the way, Cardinal Zen, whom the pope sold out to the Communist Chinese by approving their fraudulent Communist bishops, thereby marginalizing further the true underground loyal Catholics in China, is still waiting for an audience the pope refuses to give him.
The left-wing press then used the visit to state in a Reuters headline, “Pope shows 'concern' on discredited gay conversion therapy.”
The Tablet reported on November 14, 2019 that “During the meeting, which took place after Mass in the Pope’s private chapel at the Casa Santa Marta in Rome, Ms Ozanne presented the Pope with a copy of her memoir, Just Love, and the findings of a 2018 survey into faith and sexuality.[vi]
The left-wing press then used the visit to state in a Reuters headline, “Pope shows 'concern' on discredited gay conversion therapy.” The article went on to state:
An Evangelical lesbian who met with Pope Francis on Thursday said the Catholic leader had shown warmth and concern over her objections to “conversion therapy”, a widely discredited effort often used by religious figures to turn gay people straight.
Pope Francis “seemed to understand what conversion therapy was,” Jayne Ozanne, a British Christian, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from the Vatican.
“I thought he was extremely warm, he was very pastoral,” she said. “He seemed concerned … I felt very embraced.”[vii]
Of course the Vatican followed up this news by clarifying the need for those suffering from same sex attraction and gender dysphoria to not act on such unnatural inclinations, but to pray for assistance of the Holy Spirit to overcome these crosses and to make use of Catholic psychiatrists if necessary.
Just kidding. Instead the article relayed the following news…
“The Vatican did not respond to requests for comment.”
Please do not refrain from praying for conversion of Ms. Ozanne, Great Britain, our Pope and all people who suffer from the afflictions mentioned in this article. Doing so not only provides graces to those souls but fulfills our charitable obligation as Christians to do so.
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[ii] Before someone says that “sex” is the correct term and not gender, I quote American Heritage dictionary which states as an acceptable definition of gender, “Either of the two divisions, designated female and male, by which most organisms are classified on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions; sex.” The terms used to be indistinguishable. Recently, cultural Marxists have attempted to split the meanings making “gender” a social construct of masculine and feminine which have no relation to the biology of whether one is male or female. As the radical left Wikipedia tells us “Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to femininity and masculinity and differentiating between them. Depending on the context, this may include sex-based social structures and gender identity.”