Much of the document is a reiteration of existing Church teaching on gender, but Farnan said she appreciated the document's points of emphasis on formation of teachers.
"I will say the gamechanger...is the absolute insistence that they have to form all of their teachers, so that every teacher who is in a classroom with a kid can articulate the Church's teaching on gender," Farnan said.
The document says that "school managers, teaching staff and personnel all share the responsibility of both guaranteeing delivery of a high-quality service coherent with the Christian principles."
"The other brilliant thing about the document, I think, is that it shows the utter continuity from John Paul II through Benedict XVI to Francis on this specific issue," Selner-Wright said.
"People want to say 'Oh Francis is my guy,' well, he's really not if what you're talking about is transgenderism. He's been completely clear that [transgender ideology] is bankrupt," she said.
"I really liked the model that [the document] used: listen, reason, and propose," Farnan said.
Farnan said she just finished a three-day workshop with members of the "iGen" generation, who have never known a time before the internet. She said the way to connect with members of the iGen is to be able to back claims up with science and to "be able to carefully distinguish between ideology and genuine scientific contribution."
"The final part of it, which I think is the most important, is to propose Christian anthropology as a way of life," Farnan explained.
"And honestly, if there's anything that over the last four decades, five decades, we've been failing at as a Church is that we're not going out and presenting a confidant vision of how Christianity differs from culture. And this is an opportunity to present a pretty stark difference. I think it's really important."
"What this document reminds us is that, as educators, we have to make sure that they're getting a complete understanding of what Christianity has to offer in a very positive way...the authentic way to live a life of fulfillment of the human being."
Farnan said she will watch with interest as individual dioceses work to implement the contents of the document. She highlighted Fort Wayne-South Bend as an example of a diocese that has been proactive in holding workshops for their teachers, educators, and priests to form them in Christian anthropology so they can answer their students' questions about gender theory.
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Mary Pat Donoghue, executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told CNA in an interview that she also thinks the document will be useful for ongoing formation of Catholic educators.
"It's a call for all of us to enter more deeply into an understanding of the Church's teaching. I think that the document serves that purpose very, very beautifully," Donoghue said.
"It also, though, has an element encouraging compassionate pastoral response, and I think that is important as well. So on a local level, diocesan level, finding ways to respond and to help schools to respond should these types of situations arise."
Donoghue echoed Farnan's point about the importance of "forming the formators." Individual situations will always vary, she said, but schools faced with challenging situations related to gender theory should always be able to look to the diocesan level for guidance.
"It's important for our schools to have clear and consistent teaching, certainly around something that's this important," she explained.
"It's also important for our teachers to understand that the Church's teaching contains the fullness of truth, therefore it's always going to be the most charitable and the most loving answer. Pairing that with a compassionate person-to-person response I think is the best way forward."