Is Transgenderism a sin in and of itself?

Now the Church states that the gender one is born with is that person’s true gender regardless of how the mind is inclined. The church opposes transgender activities often.

But is transgenderism sinful on its own, or are the associated aspects of it the only thing that is sinful.

Say for instance a woman identifies as a man and wishes to live as one. But being a Christian the person in question never undergoes body modification for this purpose (no testosterone injections, no gender reassignment surgeries, etc) and remains personally celibate. However the person does dress in traditionally male clothing, get haircuts in male styles, answer to a male or unisex firstname, and answer to masculine pronouns.

Is that sinful in itself? If so, why is it sinful?

Same as homosexuality-both go against the way that God ordered creation.

How so? Non-clerical celibacy is permitted by The Church and that seems to go against “be fruitful and multiply”.

So i was a false arguement?

All I am asking is for you to be more specific than “God doesn’t like it”. Explain WHY.

Interesting article on transgenderism and the Church. Quote below:

"2000-2003: An official, although initially secret, ruling by the Vatican:

After extensive study, the Vatican issued a “sub secretum” (secret) document in the year 2000 to papal representatives in each country. Unfortunately, it became obvious that many bishops did not learn the contents of the document, so copies were sent to the presidents of bishops’ conferences as well. Finally, in 2003 it was discussed in the Catholic News Service. 3

The document allegedly states that:

Bishops must never alter the gender listed in baptismal records to match the individual’s new gender identity. However, a margin note is acceptable.

Persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery are not eligible to marry, to be ordained to the priesthood, or enter religious life.
An unknown source stated:

“The key point is that the (transsexual) surgical operation is so superficial and external that it does not change the personality. If the person was [born] male, he remains male. If she was [born] female, she remains female.”

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, sent a brief letter to U.S. bishops in 2002-OCT informing them of the Vatican document and emphasizing the instruction to not alter baptismal records. He wrote:

“The altered condition of a member of the faithful under civil law does not change one’s canonical condition, which is male or female as determined at the moment of birth.”

Bishop Gregory may not have been aware of the existence of intersexual babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia and whose birth gender cannot be determined “at the moment of birth.”

It’s not sinful for a person to feel like they are the opposite sex trapped in the wrong body. I hate to say it because of how sensitive people are these days, but it’s really a mental illness. It’s not sinful because mental illness is not anyone’s fault. It’s just the way they are. The sinful aspect is acting on those disordered feelings. Disordered meaning that God’s natural plan for men and women is to marry and have children. Some are called to supernatural plans (priesthood, religious life), but most people are called to just the natural plan. Mental illness and disordered feelings are a result of original sin, which allowed disease into the human race.

So what you wrote here, “dress in traditionally male clothing, get haircuts in male styles, answer to a male or unisex firstname, and answer to masculine pronouns” would be wrong for a woman to do except just for fun (parties and such). Likewise, if a male was dressing in female clothing, getting female hairstyles, or answering to a female name or pronoun in a serious way, not for fun. This follows from the Church teaching on same-sex attraction and homosexual acts. Having the attraction is not sinful but acting on it definitely is.

Mental illness is not sinful. Someone who sins because of mental illness is invincibly ignorant. Since the “transgender” individual is mentally ill, they might be considered invincibly ignorant and their culpability for sins resulting from their “transgender” delusion might thereby be mitigated.
It’s essentially, “not guilty by reason of insanity.”

Possibly, yeah, although the person in question should, if they recognize they have a mental illness, seek treatment. But yeah, in general, I think a person struggling with this disorder should usually be the subject of sympathy rather than condemnation. They didn’t ask for it, any more than someone asked to be born with a deformed limb. It’s probably extremely psychologically uncomfortable.

God made us either man or woman and God doesn’t make mistakes!

Good questions! If the person does not mutilate their body and remains celibate, the “normal” sins associated with transgenderism are avoided.

Wearing male clothes and getting short haircuts are not in and of themselves sinful. However, if the person goes around telling people they are a man, they would be lying – and this is sinful. If they wore male clothes and got a short haircut with the intention of giving other’s the impression they are not a female, they are guilty of fraud.

You may think these are venial sins and not so bad – but they are serious sins against the Truth of God…and un-repented sins of such a nature weigh heavily on the poor soul that carries them.

"The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for “thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation…. An appreciation of our body as male or female is also necessary for our own self-awareness in an encounter with others different from ourselves. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment.” (Encyclical letter, Laudato Si, May 24, 2015) …. Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies and to avoid the pretension “to cancel out sexual difference because one no longer knows how to deal with it.” (Catechesis, April15, 2015)

~ Pope Francis

" In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these - I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender”. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this terrible!"

~ Pope Francis

It’s a misuse of reproductive organs.

This is true. The problem of course is that this mental illness is being treated as if it were normal and anything less than affirming the individual’s wishes is evil bigotry. Same with homosexuality.

There’s also the issue of confusing sex and gender. Gender has to do with grammar. Sex has to do with biology. I don’t think it’s an accident that we’ve been inculcated not to distinguish between them.

The person in question is living celibately, meaning that there is NO use of reproductive organs at play.

“Seek treatment” tends to presume there is available treatment. It may well be that some strategies for coping can be developed, but I believe the profession has little to offer those suffering gender dysphoria, various sexual philia, unwanted same sex attraction, etc.

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