Oftentimes the Pope posts a twitter that is a head scratcher. This was posted yesterday:
“There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal identity.”
Leave aside for the moment that true peace for all is almost certainly impossible in this Vale of Tears, what does the term personal identity mean? Is it the essence of an individual or how a person wishes to be perceived by the world? How is personal identity, whatever it means, violated by a third party? Are there acceptable violations? For example, locking up an individual as a punishment for a crime? Is attempting to convert someone to Catholicism a violation of personal identity? Catholicism used to be noted for precision of thought and careful use of language. The current pontificate is noted for precisely the opposite.