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Med School at Loyola U. Chicago, a Catholic School, Offers Course on Treating Transgender Children

Med School at Loyola U. Chicago, a Catholic School, Offers Course on Treating Transgender Children

“It will be offered twice in the upcoming 2023-24 school year.”

It’s stunning to see stories like this about Catholic schools. They were one of the last places you would expect to find this.

The College Fix reports:

‘Transgender children’ course offered by Catholic medical school

Medical students at Loyola University Chicago, a Catholic school, can learn how to treat “transgender children” as part of a “family medicine” course.

“LGBTQ+ Health” will “teach students the evidence-based treatment of LGBTQ+ patients in medicine.”

“The topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: health disparities, mental health, initiation and maintenance of PrEP, initiation and maintenance of hormones for transgender patients, transgender children/adolescents healthcare, and gender confirmation surgery,” according to the course description.

It will be offered twice in the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

The idea that someone can change their gender is at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which teaches that there are only two sexes. Pope Francis has also called gender ideology “one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church, as well as papal encyclicals from Pope Francis, reinforce the teaching on the immutability of sex.

The College Fix reached out to Margaret Higgins, the department contact, and Naomi Gitlin, the Stritch School of Medicine associate director of marketing communications, for comment twice in the past two weeks, along with course supervisors Eugene Lee and Camilla Larson. None responded to inquiries.

The Fix asked for information and an explanation of the process and creation of the course and the motives that prompted it at a Catholic university. The Fix asked if there were any setbacks by the administration or students in the creation of the course due to the Catholic Church’s teaching on gender.

The goal for students is to “comfortably discuss of the pros and cons of various treatments and approaches to LGBTQ+ health with patients and colleagues,” according to the course description. The Fix asked for an explanation of these pros and cons.


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henrybowman | July 11, 2023 at 2:54 pm

“They were one of the last places you would expect to find this.”
Used to be the Vatican was one of the last places you’d expect a communist too.
Plus ca change.

This school is run by the Jesuits, not a part of the Catholic Church.

Catholic colleges and professional schools are, for the most part, Catholic in name only. University of San Francisco Law School is Jesuit and prides itself on being woke. Same is true of Georgetown. Save your tuition money. You won’t get a Catholic education at most Jesuit colleges.

The Catholic church doesn’t approve of murder but Catholic doctors are allowed to treat murderers, LBGQT patients represent a significant population of patients who require informed and some time different care. This course is totally appropriate and reflects doctor’s ethical responsibilities

Antifundamentalist | July 12, 2023 at 6:11 pm

All transgender children should be under the care of a competent psychiatrist – Not a counselor, but an actual psychiatrist – as the very first step in treating said child.

I’ve already encountered one child, and have heard two others, who’s mentally ill parent was the one to decide that the kid was transgender. Kid of course, doesn’t want to gainsay the parent, but obviously presents as gender-of-birth when parent is distracted or absent. These kids need to be identified and rescued.