David Cloutier teaches moral theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is the author of The Vice of Luxury (Georgetown) and Walking God’s Earth (Liturgical), among other books.

A teacher at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Henderson, Ky., helps third-grade students with a reading lesson on March 28, 2019. A new document from the Vatican Congregation on Education states that Catholic schools and parents must help teach children that gender is fixed from birth. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
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David Cloutier
The Vatican’s document on “gender theory” is bound to create further conflict, writes David Cloutier of the Catholic University of America, but it exposes the confusion around the differences between nature and choice, and between respect and affirmation.
David Cloutier
Approaching John Paul II's Theology of the Body