Resources for Pastors and Parish Staff

Parishes

The Person and Identity Project makes case studies, policy analyses, and practical suggestions for pastoral care available to institutional representatives upon request.  If you are a member of the clergy, a diocesan administrator, or lead a parish ministry, please  contact us  for access to these specialized materials. 

For general parish use or to facilitate discussions with parish or diocesan staff training on the Catholic perspective on sex and “gender,” we suggest the following:

  • A guided group discussion centered on “The Basics” FAQs  is a helpful way to introduce parish volunteers or staff to the basic of Catholic teaching on these issues.
  • The video lectures below provide an excellent introduction to foundational principles of Catholic anthropology and the reasoning behind relevant Catholic teaching.
  • For staff members new to working for the Church, we suggest beginning with “Faith and Reason: The Catholic Both/And” (about 20 mins), followed by “The Christian View of the Human Person” (about 30 mins). 
  • For parish educators and administrators, the lecture “The Congregations for Catholic Education’s ‘Male and Female He Created Them’” (about 50 mins) provides an essential overview of the Vatican’s most authoritative statement to date on Catholic Schools and contemporary claims about gender.
  • Pastors and others who are charged with pastoral care might find the lecture below titled “A Catholic Approach to Pastoral Care for People Affected by Gender Incongruence” useful. The lecture, given to an audience of seminarians and seminary faculty, begins with introductory comments on the challenges facing priests and pastoral workers. The section of the lecture titled “The Metaphysics of the Sex Binary” begins at 19:00. And the final section sketching a Catholic approach to pastoral care for people affected by gender incongruity in themselves or their loved ones begins at 42:00. A downloadable copy of the lecture is available here.

LECTURES

Faith and Reason:
The Catholic Both/And

The Christian View
of the Human Person

A Catholic Approach to Pastoral Care
for People Affected by Gender Incongruence

Download the lecture text

Male and Female
He Created Them

Catholic Teaching and Church Documents

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