Being Human Podcast - Episode 76: Gender Fluidity or Complementarity? (Part Two)

podcast Jan 01, 2020


Welcome to Episode 76 of the Being Human Podcast: Gender Fluidity or Complementarity? (Part Two)

This week, Dr. Greg continues the conversation from Episode #75 on our purpose in being created as male and female, exploring a Catholic vision of complementarity as ordered towards unity between men and women, and breaking open why we need the opposite sex to attain holiness. (Note: Mature Content)

Discussed in this episode:

  • The Catholic vision of the human person, created as male and female and ordered towards a purpose; 
  • How we are a theology in our masculinity and femininity, with a capacity for fruitfulness stamped into our genetic code from the moment of our conception.
  • Giving the gift of ourselves and receiving the gift of others, and how we are changed through this reciprocity of gift; 
  • Marriage as a path to holiness, and why we need the opposite sex to attain that holiness; 
  • The reason the call to celibacy is a supernatural vocation;  
  • The Catholic “both and” of complementarity and equality; 
  • How the differences in our brain as male and female give us a natural affinity towards certain skill sets


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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.