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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On the eve of his inauguration, Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man as Assistant Secretary of Health.

“Rachel” Levine — a man who presents himself in public as a female — has served as Pennsylvania Health Secretary since 2017 under Democrat Governor Tom Wolf, and has taught pediatrics and psychology at Penn State’s College of Medicine.

“So our HHS assistant secretary doesn’t believe in biology or anatomy,” tweeted Pastor Dean Inserra, an advisory member of the Leadership Council for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement.

“She [sic] is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts,” added the future president about the father of two who divorced his wife, Martha, in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.

Levine was heavily criticized in May, 2020, when he removed his 95-year-old mother from a personal care home as COVID-19 cases soared in elder-care facilities in the Keystone State.

That same month, Levine was accused by state Sen. Doug Mastriano of “policy malpractice in [his] handling of the coronavirus pandemic, specifically in her [sic] handling of the virus’s spread through nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,” according to a PennLive report at the time.

“Our secretary of health, Dr. Levine, decided that it would be good to allow COVID-positive patients to be returned to elder-care facilities,” said Mastriano, “And as a result of that, it broke out like fire.”

“Rachel Levine got her [sic] own mother out of a nursing home before ordering infected patients into them, leading to countless deaths,” noted Jack Posobiec on Twitter, reacting to Biden’s announcement.

“Biden has chosen mass murderer Rachel Levine as his HHS nominee,” he added in a subsequent tweet.

As the Washington Post has pointed out, not all of Levine’s fellow Pennsylvanians have been willing to conform to cultural pressure to pretend the middle-aged gender-confused man is a woman:

Last May, a radio personality repeatedly “misgendered” Levine, calling the health secretary “sir” at least three times while questioning him on the state’s coronavirus response. A commissioner at a township near Pittsburgh said he was “tired of listening to a guy dressed up like a woman.” After Pennsylvania ordered its residents to wear masks at all times in public, a Facebook page run by one town shared a meme referring to him as “a guy who wears a bra.”

The appointment of Levine drew swift praise from LGBT activists.

“President-elect Biden said throughout his campaign that his administration would represent America,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Today, he made clear that transgender people are an important part of our country.”

“Huge news for the USA as Biden chooses trans woman Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary of health!” blared a tweet by Good Trans News.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, is being attacked for saying that one cannot change his or her sex and that he won't permit promotion of transgenderism in diocesan schools and churches.

In a sensitively worded but thoroughly-grounded-in-truth pastoral guide regarding the handling of gender identity issues in his diocese, Bishop Paprocki declared unequivocally, "A person cannot change his or her gender," and "should accept and seek to live in conformity with his or her sexual identity as determined at birth."

Predictably, however, the bishop's new policy - which simply reaffirms perennial Church teaching on the issues of human nature and human sexuality - has been attacked as "threatening," "harmful," and, "punitive" by promoters of homosexuality and transgenderism, both inside and outside the Catholic Church.

As such, Bishop Paprocki now needs our support. Please support his clear teaching about human sexuality by signing this petition.

It is neither "threatening" nor "harmful" nor "punitive" for a bishop to teach his flock about the immutability of human sexuality, and to set clear expectations for the faithful of his diocese, especially for those who attend and work at diocesan schools and churches.

Bishop Paprocki has made clear that certain policies regarding the Diocese of Springfield are non-negotiable:

  1. All persons will be addressed and referred to with pronouns in accord with their biological sex;
  2. All correspondence, documents, and records will reflect the subject person’s biological sex;
  3. All persons will use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their biological sex while on diocesan or parish property.

And, these directives apply not only to diocesan schools, but to all Church employees and volunteers.

Bishop Paprocki explained that the policy was developed "due to the increased pressure on Catholic schools and other institutions through the courts and legislatures, requiring [public] schools to allow boys who believe they are girls to use girls’ restroom and locker room facilities and play on girls’ sports teams, and vice versa."

"Such [a] policy protects our leaders from being forced to sort through these complex and sensitive matters reactively, under the pressure of inevitably sensitive situations," he continued. "Such policy also protects our leaders at the local level from being pressured and intimidated on the basis of what is believed to be their own personal interpretation and opinion."

At the same time, Bishop Paprocki acknowledged that gender dysphoria is a real psychological condition, in which a biological male or female believes he or she is the opposite gender, and said: "It is of paramount importance to handle such situations with gentle and compassionate pastoral skill and concern."

However, in respect of the ill effects on children and families from authorities going along with false conceptions of human sexuality, the bishop declared: "Fueling the confusion that families face in these circumstances is not merciful. It is imperative to be clear on the reality of human biology as a gift from God that we cannot change."

Indeed. Bishop Paprocki's clarity is to be applauded.

Please SIGN this petition, and let the bishop know that you appreciate strong, yet thoughtful, leadership from Shepherds of the Catholic Church.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a powerful pro-LGBT lobbying presence in the nation’s capital, called the nomination of Levine “historic.”

“At a time when access to health care is a growing crisis for transgender people made worse by anti-LGBTQ legislation and legislators across the nation, Dr. Levine has the empathy to understand the health needs of our diverse country and the skillset to improve them,” HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement.

Levine has spent most of his previous career treating eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. After his decision to “come out” as transgender, he increasingly focused on homosexual and transgender activism.

He has been a member of the board of the homosexual advocacy group Equality PA, and has served as the LGBT liaison for the Office of Diversity at Penn State Hershey. He has also served as the faculty advisor for the campus LGBT club, and founded a faculty-student mentoring program for people with same-sex attraction and gender identity issues.