(CNS) -- Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services
offered support for President Donald Trump's reinstatement of a ban on transgender people serving in
any branch of the military.
July 28 statement, the archbishop said that "sexual orientation and gender
identity issues reflect a rapidly increasing and incorrect societal attitude
that individual behaviors in life should pursue immediate and personal choices
rather than eternal truth."
that "personal choices in life, whether regarding the protection of the
unborn, the sanctity of marriage and the family or the acceptance of a person's
God-created biology, should be made not solely for a penultimate reality on
this earth but in anticipation of the ultimate reality of sharing in the very
life of God in heaven."
supporting the ban, Archbishop Broglio said that Trump's emphasis on military
readiness and the cost associated with gender reassignment surgeries and
therapies as reasons for the ban failed "to address the essence of the
issue -- the dignity of the human person."
statement came two days after Trump announced the ban in three postings on Twitter
July 26. It represented a major shift in military policy, reversing a 2016 decision by the Obama administration to lift the ban.
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 27 the policy of allowing
transgender people to serve in the military would continue until rules
outlining any change are issued by the White House and guidance is adopted by
the Department of Defense.
"In the meantime, we will continue to
treat all of our personnel with respect," Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a July 27
letter to the joint chiefs.
St. John Paul II, Archbishop Broglio said that in upholding human dignity the
church offers "maternal care" to each person.
care extends from the time an individual is conceived, until natural death,
and every point of life in between. It is offered regardless of personal
choices or conditions because Christ offers salvation to all people," the
archbishop's statement explained church teaching that human dignity is rooted
in the fact that people are created in the image and likeness of God and that
the church "honors human dignity by drawing near in order to accompany
Francis said in October that Catholics who are homosexual, confused about their sexuality or
convinced they were born in the wrong body deserve the same attentive pastoral
care as anyone else.
"People must be accompanied like Jesus would accompany them," he said
aboard a papal flight from Azerbaijan to Rome. "When a person who has this
situation arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, 'Go away because
you are homosexual.' No."
Francis, however, also upheld an early comment condemning "indoctrination
of gender theory," the teaching to small children that no matter their
biological sex, they can choose their gender.