In his address, the Holy Father said:
According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature.
The use of the word "essence" puzzles me here. I wonder whether gender is a property of essence or existence. Isn't gender a property of the body rather than an attribute of each being? If so, gender is tied to existence. Does my question emerge from a misconception? Is there any reference about this question?