|The Bishop Richard J. Malone and George J. Lucas, chairs of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and the Committee on Catholic Education, respectively, this week called the recent Obama Administration directive that all schools, colleges, and universities that receive federal funding must permit students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with “deeply disturbing.”
The bishops note in their statement that the directive “fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that ‘the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created.'”
The edict, issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice would require all schools obtaining Title IX funding to comply in both the provision of bathroom privileges as well as sports programs.
The bishops note, however, that the mandate “does not even attempt to achieve” a balance that respects the dignity of those students struggling with gender dysphoria and those concerned about privacy. The bishops “pray that the government make room for more just and compassionate approaches and policies in this sensitive area, in order to serve the good of all students and parents, as well as the common good.” Read more in this Crux article.