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Pope’s document: Biden will continue to fight for rights, safety of LGBTQ+ community – White House
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 9 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

The White House has affirmed President Joe Biden’s support for the transgender community.

The development comes after Pope Francis’s declaration condemning gender theory on Monday.

Fox News reports that White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre faced questions about Pope Francis’s declaration, which condemned gender theory.

The Pope’s Monday document formally reaffirms and expands on the Catholic Church’s assertion that attempts to alter an individual’s immutable gender are ultimately misguided attempts to play God.

However, Jean-Pierre declined to say what Biden thought of the document specifically, but added that he does support the transgender community.

“We are pleased to see that the document… furthered the Vatican’s call to ensure that LGBTQ+ are protected from violence and imprisonment around the world.

“However, the president will continue to be an advocate for the rights, safety and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender people here in the U.S.,” Jean-Pierre said.

“What about the more specific comments about gender theory and transgender individuals?” a reporter pressed.

“I’m going to be really careful. The president’s role to litigate internal Church policy, that’s not his role, so I’m gonna be super careful there,” Jean-Pierre said.

“But I can speak to the president’s stance, and he’s always been very clear on the importance of protecting or having protections for the transgender community and the broader LGBTQ+ community, and that’s been very clear since day one of his administration.”

The document “Dignitas Infinita,” addressed over a dozen individual issues of the modern day through the lens of scripture and church teaching, including abortion, human trafficking, poverty, euthanasia, the death penalty and more.

The document was released after more than five years in development by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) and focuses on threats to human dignity in the modern world.

 

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