The Vatican has published a new document questioning modern concepts of gender identity.
The 31-page Teaching Guide published on Monday bears the title "Men and Women He Created".
He speaks of an "educational crisis" and says the current debate can "eradicate the concept of nature" and the destabilizing family institution.
The document released in the Pride Month was immediately criticized by LGBT groups.
It was published by the Congregation for Catholic Education to teach those who work with children.
It is not signed by Pope Francis himself, but quotes him and the Scriptures in its grounds.
What does the document mean? say?
The document calls for dialogue but issues guidelines on a range of topics, including the transgender community.
In particular, it criticizes the modern understanding of gender as more complex than the binary division of genders.
Current theories "move away from nature" and instead "become an absolute option for deciding on the feelings of the human subject".
Mobile sexual identities are often "based on nothing but a confused concept of freedom in the realms of feelings and desires".
It goes on to say that gender is not determined by individuals but by God It is implied: "The Scriptures reveal the wisdom of the Creator's design, which has set itself the task of maning his body, his masculinity and femininity."
that institutions based on a "clear and persuasive anthropology" should teach coherently about "the true nature of human persons."
However, it also states that children and adolescents should be taught to respect each other so that no one will suffer from bull ying or other discrimination.
New Ways Ministry, a US lobby group for LGBT Catholics, has described the document as a "harmful tool" designed to oppress and harm not only transgender people, but lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as well. "[1
In a statement, he said the document will "confuse those who are genuinely struggling with issues of gender identity and sexual orientation "and described the Vatican as in the" dark age "on this topic.