Are women and men interchangeable at will?

A number of issues which may appear to be unrelated have been in the news

  • Redefining Marriage,
  • Children being raised in a “gender free” environment,
  • Alasdair Thompson’s comments on workplace productivity,
  • Cardinal sees ‘no theological obstacle’ to women priests.

They are however connected by the underlying issue of gender difference. At one end of the continuum there are those who think that gender difference is a social construct. At the other end are those who think that gender is defined biologically. Are women and men interchangeable at will?

“To speak of ‘the order of human nature itself’ becomes progressively more difficult and less convincing when gender is regarded as a purely human construct, a cultural invention, and not something given in nature,”  said Cardinal Francis George in a recent column. ” Nature itself has now been mostly reduced to a field for scientific experiment and human control. Even biological differences are to be manipulated for economic profit and according to personal preferences. Whatever restricts personal choice is politically and socially unacceptable. So two men should be able to marry, if that is what they want; and women should be candidates for ordained priesthood, if that is what they believe. Women and men are interchangeable at will.”


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