Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America, Executive Editor of The Stream, and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is author or editor of a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers.
There are several ways to define sex precisely. Any good definition will capture the central concept of biological sex—the orientation of male and female bodies for reproduction. It will also refer to what happens under normal development while accounting for disorders. Finally, it will accommodate the fact that organisms have and do different things at different stages of development.
Thoughtful Catholics should integrate the discoveries and insights of economics and science with the principles of Catholic social teaching, and ultimately, with the natural moral law and revealed theology.