I'm continuing to add to my blogroll, but have taken the "Under Construction" sign down because...well, let's face it, I'm always finding new blogs to add.
And, occasionally, old ones to delete.
I'm sorry, Gerald Augustinus , but I can't link to The Cafeteria Is Closed anymore. Anyone who writes this: "Gender identity disorder is real - it usually starts before school age. While the operation and the entire process is easier before puberty, it'd seem wiser to let the person make the decision as an adult. Of course, parents have the right to decide on medical treatment - within limits..." isn't really reflecting Church teaching on the subject, and while I'm sure some of the blogs I link to don't always reflect Church teaching on every subject imaginable, this is kind of a big one.
For those who are interested, the whole post is here.
I can't even begin to express my sense of horror at the idea that children as young as ten might be give hormone treatments as part of a plan that includes the eventual mutilation of their sex organs as a way of treating what must be considered a deeply psychological problem. This is just wrong, and most reputable child psychologists, whatever their views on so-called "gender reassignment," would agree with me. A not inconsiderable factor here is that what seems to be some gender confusion in a young child or even young adult does not by any means lead inexorably to the kind of full-fledged gender identity disorder of the sort that leads (tragically, in my opinion) to surgery in the first place. The Catholic Church is unequivocally opposed to gender reassignment surgery; there is no room for debate on this issue, and when these types of procedures begin to target innocent children the Church will probably become even more vocal in her opposition to such a terrible evil.
The cafeteria is closed, Mr. Augustinus; and the option to select a different gender than the one a person was born with was never even on the menu.