A Catholic Transsexual Applauds Several Points in Latest Papal Remarks

An article by a dear friend elucidating the recent, unexpected news that the Catholic Church is showing signs of softening its stance somewhat regarding gay and gender-reassigned people. Though not exactly a definitive swing towards liberalism, these hints do represent a dramatic change of tone from the oft-paraphrased trans people as “nuclear weapons” analogy and in that sense are both meaningful and encouraging: especially to those like my friend who happen to be both trans and Catholic, and risk being ostracised depending on what the “word from the top” is perceived to be.

I have personally been lucky, finding my own Church (Welsh Anglican) to be very inclusive and affirming of trans people, and the congregations welcoming and open, if not always perfectly understanding. I have, however, faced occasional religious bigotry and interrogation and dread to think what it would be to face a life of it …

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  1. In this era, I believe deeply that there are a host of Catholics that live lives true to their faith and contribute tremendously in time and money invested in making this planet a better place to live. That said, Vatican City could be spending a WHOLE lot more in making this planet better. If they want to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of Human rights on this planet they should stop telling other people how to improve themselves and start by making amends for some of the Church’s previous dark and sometimes troubling history. The whole casting the first stone thing you know? The one your Creator can judge you rap.

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    1. Sounds about right to me. I am not convinced this is anything other than a slight change from business as usual, but I know of couple of trans Catholics see this as a substantial reason to be hopeful, and I pray they are not wrong.

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  2. Religions will eventually have to soften their views and become more liberal (hopefully sooner than later) or risk becoming irrelevant. Each generation is a little more open minded then their predecessor, and as the older generations die out religion and politics will change. Newer generations will not accept things just because they’ve always been that way, they will challenge the old ways and usher in the new. Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I think I’m right.

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