Being Human Podcast - Episode 75: Gender Fluidity or Complementarity?

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 75 of the Being Human Podcast: Gender Fluidity or Complementarity?

In this week’s episode, Dr. Greg opens up a new series focused on fleshing out a convincing Catholic response to the gender confusion in our culture today; he proposes an answer to an important question about the purpose of being created as male and female. (Note: Mature Content)

Discussed in this episode:

  • The impossibility of changing one’s gender; 
  • The philosophy of John Paul II and how it can serve as a foundation for understanding our bodies; 
  • The teleological capacity of the human person; 
  • What no one in the Church seems to be talking about in regards to our creation as men and women; 
  • A propsal to the question of why we are made as male and female; 
  • Fruitfulness as a consequence of every free, total, faithful gift given between a man and a woman; 
  • How, as Catholics, we have the full spectrum of ways to arrive at truth available to us; 
  • The need to coalesce around a vision of gender, sex, and the human person’s purpose.


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their six children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.