As a church that seeks to reach out to vulnerable and marginalized people, we must consider the environment we want to create for those struggling with gender identity.
Here is the in depth view of the Pope’s text I wish I had time to write: Transsexuality is not the same as gender theory: support transsexuals, question gender theory
“I happen to believe that you can’t study men;
you can only get to know them.”
C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
[Editorial note: if tl;dr, please scroll to the section Five Important Implications for Transsexuals Arising From Pope Francis’s Remarks: the primary argument of this longish essay.
The first half, which I sincerely feel is an important preamble, addresses the current gaps and problems in how transsexuality is observed in mainstream Catholic opinion pieces. Thank you for reading: I understand the intense emotions this subject evokes.]
The First of October! Weather, golden. Contrition of withered leaves cross-hatched with burnished bronze sunlight. Easily my favourite season. Favourite month even. Starting off with my favourite saint’s Feast Day!
Last Saturday morning, typing on my blog (which is a pasture of rambly reflections) the inkling urge had itched its way from idea to draft. For the first time in ages…
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Jesuit Fr. James Martin again affirmed LGBT inclusion, saying transgender people using restrooms according to their gender identity “seems a fairly simple thing to do.” Meanwhile, U.S. bishops intensified their criticism of expanding transgender equality.
In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter, Martin was asked about the federal government’s new directive mandating transgender students be allowed to use gender-segregated facilities, like restrooms and locker rooms, according to their gender identity. Martin responded:
“I don’t know a whole lot about that issue, but I would say that I don’t understand the problem with letting transgender people use bathrooms that they feel comfortable in. Personally, I think it’s overblown and that people’s responses are really strange. I don’t know that much about transgender people but that’s all the more reason for us to try and treat them with dignity.
“I thought the comment from Attorney General Lynch…
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This is a huge step for #transcatholics. Let’s thank them!
San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has issued a statement which indicates that he will not oppose the Sisters of Mercy’s decision to continue to employ a transgender teacher at Mercy H.S. in that city.
The National Catholic Reporter said they received a statement from the archdiocese which said Cordileone sees that the decision is within the “legitimate range of prudential judgment.”
The newspaper quoted other sections from the archbishop’s statement:
“In his May 12 statement, Cordileone said he was ‘grateful that leadership of the Mercy Sisters spoke to me in advance and explained their reasoning and their plan on how to address the situation. In so doing the sisters strongly affirmed our Catholic beliefs and values and that they and the school do not advocate for policies or causes that contradict these values and beliefs.’
“Cordileone continued, ‘Often in such situations a balance must be struck in a…
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Here it is the pathetically low numbers on my blog. But since I haven’t posted in a while I thought I should show that I am still alive with this review.
This Catholic School board members response to a transphobic letter is a beautiful message of just why we, as catholics need to support transgender students and people in their medically indicated best approach to living life. “When we are seen to be following in the footsteps of the Pharisees rather than those of our Lord, we create great scandal. “
So hoppy to see this show some of the Diversity that exists in the Transgender community and the Catholic faith.
Just as Pope Francis began his schedule in Philadelphia, Catholics gathered in a church hall in downtown to explore ideas and personal experiences about gender identity. The New Ways Ministry-sponsored workshop, titled “Transforming Love,” featured four speakers sharing their stories of being trans*, of being intersex, of being an LGBTQI person’s family member–and doing all of this as Catholics.
After an opening communal prayer service, Julie Chovanes, a transexual Catholic woman from Philadelphia, began the morning’s presentations. Steve Ahlquist of RIFuture.org reported:
“Chovanes was raised in the Byzantine Catholic tradition. . .Coming out and transitioning has been a challenge, but she feels she has ‘been accepted in the city, I feel that Philadelphia is the best city in the world for [trans persons].”
“I don’t consider myself a man or a girl. . .I am a trans. My brain and my soul are a woman’s, but my body is a…
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