White House says Biden will continue 'to be an advocate' for 'LGBTQ+ community' in response to Vatican's 'Infinite Dignity' doctrine opposing sex change, euthanasia

"The president will continue to be an advocate for the rights, safety and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community," the White House Press Secretary said.


White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed questions on Monday regarding Pope Francis’ recent declaration condemning gender theory and sex changes. She declined to talk directly about the president's opinion on the document. 

In the declaration, Dignitas Infinita, or "Infinite Dignity," the Catholic Church warned that gender theory and undergoing sex change treatments play into the “age-old temptation to make oneself God.” 

"Regarding gender theory, whose scientific coherence is the subject of considerable debate among experts, the Church recalls that human life in all its dimensions, both physical and spiritual, is a gift from God," the document read.  

Jean-Pierre declined to talk about what President Joe Biden thought specifically of the declaration, per Fox News, and said that the president will be an "advocate for the rights, safety and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community."  

Responding to inquiries from reporters, Jean-Pierre acknowledged the Vatican's call for protecting LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide from violence and persecution but did not offer much more on Biden’s thoughts.  

"We are pleased to see that the document… furthered the Vatican's call to ensure that LGBTQ+ are protected from violence and imprisonment around the world. However, the president will continue to be an advocate for the rights, safety and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender people here in the US," Jean-Pierre said. 

When pressed further about the specific comments regarding gender theory and transgender individuals in the Pope's document, Jean-Pierre emphasized the president's stance while being cautious not to intervene in internal Church policy.  

"I'm going to be really careful. The president's role to litigate internal Church policy, that's not his role, so I'm gonna be super careful there," Jean-Pierre responded. 

"But I can speak to the president's stance, and he's always been very clear on the importance of protecting or having protections for the transgender community and the broader LGBTQ+ community, and that's been very clear since day one of his administration.” 

Among gender ideology, the Catholic Church also highlighted a wider category of topics including surrogacy and euthanasia, which were harshly condemned.  

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