Last week, Pope Francis released a letter titled Amoris Laetitia — “The Joy of Love” — but the contents had revealed everything but love for those on the LGBT spectrum.

Pope Francis wrote in the 264-page document that transgender people should accept the body they were born in. He urged: “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation.”

He also stated that people should appreciate their bodies as “male or female” to manifest their “own self-awareness in an encounter with others different from ourselves.”

In addition to speaking out against the transgender community, the Pope also came out against gay marriage, stating in his letter: “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.” He also stated that gay people need “assistance” to become normal.

Mary E. Hunt, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual told The Chicago Tribune, “It doesn’t seem to have penetrated into the mind of the Vatican on how sexuality and sexual ethics have changed.”


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