Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric has risked the wrath of liberal-left by speaking out against the growing pressure on schools to accept or even encourage the anti-human dogmas of the ‘gender’ lobby.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols told an audience of head teachers that pupils may question their identity, but schools could not ignore the sex they were born into.
He said children are not simply individuals who could do as they liked, but are part of a wider community that had ‘firm points of reference’.
In comments which will be seen as a thinly veiled attack on campaigners blamed for promoting transgender ideologies in schools, he also criticised the closed ‘self-selecting world of the like-minded’.
In his speech to London school leaders last month, Cardinal Nichols – the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales – appealed to a ‘common sense of humanity’ to counter a growing individualism in relationships, family life and sexuality.
He said: ‘At a time of great confusion about the rules of sexual behaviour, about exploitation and abuse in every part of society, some firm points of reference already built into our humanity at its best are of vital importance.
‘They help us keep hold of the reality that we are not single, self-determining individuals but members of a great family, with all its trials, diversities and struggles, and within that family, not alone, will we find our greatest joy.’
But although he cannot impose his views on the Church’s 2,200 schools, Cardinal Nichols’s remarks will be hugely influential.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is due to discuss its official line on transgender issue next month. Pray God that they stay on the side of God’s creation and resist the pressure to sacrifice the welfare of temporarily confused children on the altar of homosexualism.