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Gender Justice

by Father Richard Rohr

Probably the last prejudices against justice that will fall will be those concerning gender itself, sexual orientation, gender roles, and sexuality in general.  These images, identities, and boundaries seem to be deep in our unconscious, going back to our earliest identities as “boys” or “girls” and embodied people, and they often carry shaming experiences besides.  Thus sexual and gender issues are largely lodged at the pre-rational, cellular and “shadow” levels.

This makes sex and gender very hard to talk about, even for otherwise educated or sophisticated people.  It is normally a mine field.  (The “word police” will come out from the Left and the absolutists from the Right.)  Yet it is really quite amazing how cross-cultural this phenomenon is, and explains our preoccupation with rules, limits, clothing, shaming, addictions, threats, fears, angry taboos, and sexual morality in every culture and religion I have ever visited

“Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”
– 2 Thessalonians 3:13

“There is no such thing as the right place, the right job, the right calling or ministry. I can be happy or unhappy in all situations. I am sure of it, because I have been … deciding to do this, that, or the other for the next five, ten, or twenty years is no great decision. Turning fully, unconditionally, and without fear to God is. Yet this awareness sets me free.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen

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