We must always tell the truth about God’s creation| National Catholic Registry


Love demands that we never cooperate with a lie that seriously distorts human nature.

There is a national discussion about swimmer William “Lia” Thomas, a so-called transgender woman (meaning a man who pretends to be a woman). Thomas has competed against some of the best female swimmers in the world, beating them by wide margins and transforming the very nature of their sport. Something seems unfair.

But the real problem is not injustice. The real problem is that calling a man a woman is a lie.

Let’s be clear: people with true “gender dysphoria” deserve our love and sympathy. But they also deserve the truth and an approach that helps them accept what nature, and nature’s God, has made of them. In this lies their true fulfillment and happiness. Lasting happiness is never found by lying or rejecting what God has established.

Yes, the real problem is deeper, with people who should know better (especially Catholics), and who participate in this lie and spread its evil by being at best terribly silent and at worst gleefully enthusiastic. And those who cooperate in the lie, either out of fear or ideology, are participating in a serious distortion of human nature. Lying is a moral evil because it perpetuates what is wrong and false. Lies don’t bring happiness – they distort reality, create cynicism, destroy trust and stifle communication. They poison human interactions.

Lying is a very serious matter. Consider what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches on the nature of truth and the serious consequences of lying:

  • “[People] are bound to honor and testify to the truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth once they know it and to conduct their whole lives in accordance with the demands of the truth” (2467).
  • “A lying is to tell a lie with the intent to deceive. The Lord denounces lying as the work of the devil: “You are of your father the devil…there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (2482; see also John 8:44).
  • “Since it violates the virtue of truthfulness, one lie does real violence to another. It affects his ability to know, which is a condition of all judgment and decision. It contains the seed of discord and all the evils that flow from it. Lying is destructive to society; it undermines trust between men and tears the fabric of social relations” (2486).

Exactly and very well put. And we can see the harm that constant lying has done to our culture. Which institution garners more trust? So many institutions, groups and experts have broken trust. Unfortunately, it is reasonable to assume that we are being lied to. The Church has also betrayed the trust of the faithful in several ways: covering up sexual abuse; uncontrolled liturgical abuses so widespread that the very validity of the sacraments received is called into question; widespread tolerance of laity and clergy who propagate errors and mislead the faithful.

Yes, lies are very destructive to human relationships and attack the very fabric of culture and nation. The Catechism’s warning is confirmed: the lie “contains the seed of discord and all the evils that flow from it. Lying destroys reputations and society; it undermines trust…and tears at the fabric of social relationships.

The idea that a man can be a woman is also a lie because it contradicts Holy Scripture, the source of truth for all true believers.. There are not multiple genders – there are only two sexes. As Genesis (1:27-28) says, “So God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Catholics know that Sacred Scripture is not mere opinion. It’s the truth. Therefore, anything that contradicts or seeks to undermine his teaching is not simply a different opinion – it is downright wrong and wrong. And it is not a mere cultural matter that was later singled out or qualified in scripture as kosher dietary standards – it is a clear and unchanging statement about the very nature of the human person as created by the hand of God. The Scriptures warn us against pride in rejecting what God has presented (Isaiah 45:9-12):

“Woe to him who quarrels with his creator. Can the clay say to the potter: ‘What are you making?’ Woe to him who says to his father: “What have you begotten? …Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Creator: ‘How dare you question me…or instruct me in the work of my hands? I made the earth and created man on it. My hands have stretched out the heavens, and I have exposed all its stars.’”

Yes, we are all sinners, and in many ways we are inclined to “quarrel with our creator”, which people do when they say: “Why did you make me like this? You should have made me different from what I am. I will correct your error by declaring myself of another sex than you made me. I will recreate myself in my own desired image.

Unbelievers may not explicitly know they are saying this, but Catholics and others who believe in God have no excuse and need to be clear that we have no right to lie or reinvent reality or human nature. To do so is to disobey God and to indulge in a lie contrary to the revealed truth of God. We must actively stand up to those who promote this lie and pressure others, through intimidation, to join the lie or keep quiet about its terrible error.

Some have tried to avoid the worry that we lie by talking about “biological males” and “biological females”. But that’s still a lie since there is no male other than a biological male and no female other than a biological female. Masculinity or femininity is etched into our bodies as clearly as possible. And even though some engage in willful genital mutilation and destroy their bodies with the wrong hormones, masculinity and femininity reach the deepest possible levels. A man cannot be a woman; a woman cannot be a man. It’s just not possible or real.

The most blatant in this terrible lie are those who deceive children and drag them into decisions, dangerous hormone “therapies” and even surgeries that are sure to end in disaster. It is foreseeable that legal action will arise in the near future when these children, as young adults, realize the terrible reality of trying to be someone they are not. They will ask fundamental questions: “Why did you let me do this? I was just a child. Why didn’t you stop me? The parents, doctors and teachers who promoted this lie will have a lot to answer for.

No one can take a glass of arsenic, call it ‘wine’ and just expect reality to obey. With each sip, you will get sicker and sicker. To call something something it is not is dangerous and harmful. To say that a man is a woman does not mean that it is so.

And note that this isn’t just a debate over nomenclature, such as whether we call a drink a “soda pop” or a “soft drink.” It is a lie about the very reality of human nature and the human person – about fundamental issues such as sexuality, marriage and family. It is these truths that are at the very root of what makes a civilization, a culture and a nation. If you get human nature and sexuality wrong, everything else will soon crumble.

Resist it and call it what it is – a harmful lie.

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