Holy See Observer on Redefining Gender

I have mentioned before the 55th session of UNESCO’s Commission on the Status of Women which is ongoing, and the Vatican’s participation. Recently there has been a stronger statement by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, on the ideological attempt to redefine gender.

Before denouncing the ideological move, the Archbishop cites international law extensively to show the basis of gender in world agreements. Then he engages the change in definition, that certainly does not go undetetected by him. This gender re-defintion is commonly pushed in development and environmental agendas. Below some highlights:

  1. It is noteworthy that the Charter of the United Nations, in preambular paragraph 2, calls for the “equality between women and men,” a call that is repeated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in preambular paragraph 5. The UDHR also prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex (Art. 2). This recognition is essential to the future of the human race and all its members.  In addition, the UDHR acknowledges the equal rights of a man and a woman to marry and found a family, the natural and fundamental unit of society (Art. 16)….
  2. Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which states that “the term ‘gender’ refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term ‘gender’ does not indicate any meaning different” from the aforementioned definition (Art. 7.3).
  3. to re-define “gender,” in turn, calls into question the very foundation of the human rights system
  4. Unfortunately during the negotiations of the present text, some delegations attempted to advance once again, through the vehicle of “gender studies,” a radical definition of “gender,” which asserts that sexual identity can somehow be adapted indefinitely to suit new and different purposes, not recognized in international law. In response, in the present text, a new preambular paragraph was adopted with a view to eliminating doubts about the promotion of a new definition of “gender”
  5. Holy See’s reservations on past occasions with regard to the meaning of the term “sexual and reproductive health,” which should not include abortion or abortion services

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