Msgr. Tony Anatrella, a psychoanalyst and specialist in social psychiatry based in Paris

Gender theory leaves young people lost, says psychoanalyst priest

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  • April 9, 2012

OTTAWA - Society’s changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality are creating serious problems, primarily for children, a psychoanalyst priest warned the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) at its annual seminar.

“We need a social revolution,” said Msgr. Tony Anatrella, a psychoanalyst and specialist in social psychiatry based in Paris.

Speaking to about 110 people on the theme “Men and Women, Spouses and Parents: Forming Christian Citizens,” Anatrella said one of the pillars of civilization — objective recognition of sexual difference — is disappearing. Instead, it is being replaced by radical notions of sexual orientation that are based on gender theories developed in the 1950s.

“This creates serious problems,” said Anatrella.

He said those problems include: a rise in suicide rates even among children; increasing narcissism that keeps adults trapped in infantile forms of sexuality; rising rates of homosexuality; and an inability for young adults to form permanent male-female bonds that children need for healthy psychological development.

Anatrella said society should combat the shifting tide even if it means conflict. He urged the audience not to be deterred by taunts of homophobia.

The world is facing a pre-Christian mentality and people of faith must evangelize and humanize the whole of society, he said. He added that Western society is afraid to speak out against trends that are leaving young people lost. There is a need to create a Christian social fabric that is alive and expanding and can provide a model for others, he said.

Anatrella said the complementary sexual relationship between men and women pre-dates society and is not based on religion, but on anthropology. Christianity provides the fullest recognition of that basic reality, he said, noting the New Testament begins with the story of a couple, Mary and Joseph, just as Genesis begins with Adam and Eve. The future depends on men and women becoming couples in a life-long marriage, he said.

The problem with many young people is they do not know how to be a couple, which leads to high divorce rates, he said. They know how to build a relationship in a weekend, but not how to build a couple into a life-long relationship, he said. Another problem with gender theory is that it ignores the needs of children by stressing the needs of adults, said Anatrella. Children are disturbed by the new reality as more and more couples divorce, by the widespread presence of pornography and the by the confusion presented by multiplying types of gender identity.

In response, they turn to drugs, alcohol and suicide and express their identity through piercings, tattoos and revealing clothes, he said.

Marriage between a man and a woman allows a child to witness and understand objective reality regarding gender, he said. Removing that objective reality fosters the narcissistic myth that a person does not need anyone else, not even God, he said.

Society should present the truth of human relationships that are grounded in the complementarity of the sexes, he said, not the limited, unisexual, self-sufficiency model that says men and women do not need each other to marry and have children.

Anatrella said it took 70 years to fully see the disaster of Marxism, and it may take as long to see the personal and social costs of gender theory.

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