Vatican Memo Decries Surrogacy And Gender ID, But Defends LGBT Lifestyle

FILE - Pope Francis holds a consistory in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican where he will create 21 new cardinals, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Pope Francis is convening a global gathering of bishops and laypeople to discuss the future of the Catholic Church, including some hot-button issues that have previously been considered off the table for discussion. Key agenda items include women's role in the church, welcoming LGBTQ+ Catholics and how bishops exercise authority. For the first time, women and laypeople can vote on specific proposals alongside bishops.(AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

The Vatican published this Monday a new text titled “Dignitas Infinita” (infinite dignity), in which it addressed issues related to respect for human dignity. The document, approved by Pope Francis, denounces practices such as abortion, surrogacy and “gender ideology,” while defending the rights of LGBTI people.

According to the text, published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, surrogacy contradicts the fundamental dignity of every human being.

“First and foremost, the practice of surrogacy violates the dignity of the child. Indeed, every child possesses an intangible dignity that is clearly expressed—albeit in a unique and differentiated way—at every stage of his or her life: from the moment of conception, at birth, growing up as a boy or girl, and becoming an adult,” the document says.