Bishop Johnston responds to recent Missouri bills protecting minors

Our human condition is frail, and we are all in need of acceptance, compassion, patience, and understanding. That said, children and youth need careful protection when they are vulnerable to procedures that have irreversible, life-altering implications. We must also acknowledge that our young people today are witnesses to a radical new paradigm which proposes that we are each free to define our own reality, that our bodies are more or less like a blank canvas to express what the mind determines. This has profound implications for marriage, family, and society.  When everyone defines their own reality, it is impossible to find common ground, harmony, and peace.

For more on this topic, read my commentary, “Lessons from the playground,” which appeared in the June 2022 issue of Catholic Key magazine.

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