‘Gender matters’ seminar will explain the church’s teaching about sexuality, human body

By Jake Samour
A seminar about a pastoral approach to gender identity issues will be hosted in March by the Diocese of Wichita.
Andrew Comiskey of Desert Stream Ministries will lead the seminar, “Gender Matters - Fighting for a New Generation,” March 15 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
You’re invited to join Andrew Comiskey and friends as we discover together the compassion and clarity of Jesus towards persons facing gender and sexual identity issues. We want to ignite the church with a Spirit-filled, truthful hope so that she might shine bright and clear in this confusing hour.
Today, when there are a growing number of people, particularly the young, experiencing different forms of gender and sexual identity issues, Christians are called more than ever to speak the truth in love. This task can be challenging as the fallen human heart is often tempted to compromise elements of truth in order maintain social harmony or relentlessly seek victory in argument without respect and sensitivity for the persons involved.
While common and understandable, both tendencies result in distortions of Christian charity. Such charity is especially needed today in addressing the delicate topic of gender confusion.
In a world with many conflicting solutions, the importance of being able to listen, talk, and walk with people who experience gender identity issues needs to be grounded in an adequate anthropology that sees the body – and the sex revealed therein – as intrinsic to the fundamental identity (son or daughter) and vocation (father or mother through spousal love) of every human being.
There always needs to be room for growth in compassion and welcoming – a crucial task to be sure – but we need objective truth to guide us, the truth that Christ is and offers to us, to avoid the risk of our charity sliding into a kind of sentimental enabling which may ultimately result in harm coming to sexually confused individuals and their families.
Parents, church leaders, and Christian professionals are hungry for answers about how to help young people struggling with confusion about their sexual identity in ways that are consistent with our Christian values. We want to understand the available options in such situations and how to discern the best path to follow. This is an especially urgent need as cultural pressure is mounting to view “transitioning” as both acceptable and inevitable.
Samour is the director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Want to attend the gender issues seminar?
“Gender Matters - Fighting for a New Generation” will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Pius X Room at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 424 N. Broadway, in Wichita. To register visit GenderMattersWichita.eventbrite.com.