- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, a part of America’s largest Catholic health network, reportedly spent over $2.6 million on robotic surgery technology, da Vinci system, to assist with transgender sex-change operations.
- The hospital’s financing came under scrutiny after a report by Catholic think tank, the Lepanto Institute, highlighted the apparent contradiction with Catholic teachings.
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has clearly stated that Catholic health care services must not participate in procedures aiming to transform the sexual characteristics of a human body.
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, part of the Dignity Health network under CommonSpirit Health – America’s most expansive Catholic health network, has drawn attention due to its reported utilization of a robotic surgical platform for transgender sex-change operations. An inquiry from the Lepanto Institute, a Catholic think tank, revealed the hospital’s $2.6 million expenditure on their second da Vinci system.
This advanced robotic surgical platform supports various surgeries, including gender reassignment procedures. As the hospital continues to offer a multitude of sex-change surgeries, the Lepanto Institute’s report underscores a possible incongruity with the Catholic ethos that the healthcare network espouses.
The contradictions are further highlighted by a recent mandate from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. They emphatically stated that Catholic health care institutions should refrain from participating in procedures intended to alter the sexual characteristics of a human body to those of the opposite sex.
In spite of this, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has promoted such procedures as a pathway to living as one’s “authentic self,” even producing content showcasing patients’ transitions. The hospital also boasts an “excellence in Gender Confirmation Surgery Accreditation,” presumably as a testament to the volume of surgeries performed.
I can’t help but point out something that seems obvious. The trans community wants people to accept them for who they are, but being trans by definition is not accepting yourself as you were born.
A trans person is born a man or a woman. They grow older and decide they do not accept that they are that gender and change themselves. If you can’t accept yourself for who you are when you were born, why should you expect other people to except you as you are after a sex change?
The Mayo Clinic states that “Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics.
A diagnosis for gender dysphoria is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association.” 
Is society doing the right thing by “affirming” a mental disorder? There are many different mental disorders and people suffering from mental disorders should be treated with compassion and kindness. A person does not choose to be schizophrenic, or autistic any more than they choose to be gender dysphoric. That being said if a schizophrenic person claims to be covered in attacking ants; that clearly is a manifestation of their illness, is it moral or ethical to “affirm” their delusion? Just because a person with a mental disorder believes something to be true does not demand that all of society lie to make that person “feel better”.
I will bet you that the practice of sex-change surgery will be looked back on in the future much the same way we look at the practice of lobotomy today. Cancel me if you want for saying this, but I will speak the truth. That is another hypocrisy from the trans movement. They use the term “speak my truth”. What they mean is speak their truth, not your truth. It is a funny thing to think there are different versions of truth instead of just: THE Truth.