Dramatic changes in law, culture, and popular opinion on issues related to human identity and “gender” are shaping the experiences of Catholics and, not surprisingly, generating some confusion. These changes raise challenging questions for Catholic dioceses and parishes working to communicate Christ’s love and respect for all persons. These situations require sensitivity, discernment, prudence, and forethought in order to communicate the truth about the human person with consistency and clarity—all while accompanying families and individuals with love and compassion, as they seek to integrate their concrete situations with Catholic teaching.
In addition to the information below, the Person and Identity Project has developed resources specifically tailored to diocesan and parish settings. These resources include case studies, detailed analyses of policy considerations, and practical suggestions for pastoral care. They are available to institutional representatives upon request. If you are a clergy member, a diocesan administrator, or lead a parish ministry, please contact us for access to these materials. There is no cost to Catholic dioceses or parishes for these materials. Staff training, speakers, and consultations are additional services available for a fee.