In a recent column in the Catholic Times, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki addressed transgender issues in the context of the Boy Scouts’ recent decision to accept transgender youth among their ranks. After clarifying that local troops affiliated with Catholic schools and parishes will not follow suit, he proceeded to spread multiple falsehoods about transgender people, the medical community’s understanding of them and how the church must respond. There is actually no definitive Catholic teaching on transgender identity.
Providing nothing to support his claim, Bishop Paprocki asserted that there is “no physical basis for a person claiming to be transgender,” ignoring multiple studies indicating a biological basis for transgender identity due to physical differences in the brain. He then reduced transgender identity to a feeling of being “trapped in the wrong body,” exposing his lack of understanding of the transgender experience and the fluidity of gender.