Gender theories destroy perception of human sexuality as God's gift - hierarchs of the UGCC
The Message of the Synod of Bishops of Kyiv-Galician Major Archbishopric of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of December 1 concerning the danger of gender ideology to society.
UGCC hierarchs emphasize that the gender theories (from “gender” - kind, sort, genus), are designed to destroy the perception of human sexuality as a gift of God that is naturally linked to biological differences between men and women, pose today a significant threat to society.
In such circumstances, the Church reminds the traditional biblical, Christian and human values, which are based on interpersonal relationships and social way of life.
The UGCC hierarchs underscored: “It should be remembered that the cause of such social problems is not the sexuality but its distorted perception and understanding,” therefore the hierarchs urged the faithful of the UGCC and all people of good will to “appreciate and defend human dignity in the face latest ideological challenges and threats.”
The hierarchs of UGCC encourage parents “lead a good Christian life to be an example for their children; ask them to care for the Christian education of future generations, not only by conveying the foundations of faith, but also through encouragement to a life in Christ and warning against the dangers of false exercise of free choice.”
The UGCC bishops call medical staff to promote a culture of life, in particular to defend the life of unborn children and the elderly or terminally ill.”
The media and education and educational workers were asked to defend and propagate traditional moral values in the area of sexuality and family, remembering that “nothing can justify the use of false information to manipulate public opinion through the media,” to avoid any propaganda against sexual purity, fidelity, true identity of the human person.
The UGCC hierarchs call the scholars to use available means to show the truth about the gender ideology and other destructive ideology and point to the importance of keeping traditional moral and ethical foundations.
The hierarchs reminded the confessors about “the sacred duty to care about the spiritual condition of the family, pay attention to pastoral work with people who have problems with determining their gender identity.”
The Synod of the UGCC urged all people of good will, especially government officials and legislators, to do everything regarding the legislation of Ukraine in order that uncertain and untested concepts of human identity or family and the principles of gender education were not implemented.