Vatican declares transgendered people are figments of their own imaginations?
The following news item was sent to me by a Catholic reader who also happens to be a transsexual mom (the same mom, as a matter of fact, who recently shared her volleyball coaching nightmare). From 365gay.com ("Vatican Declares Transgendered Do Not Exist"):
(Vatican City) The Vatican has ruled that sex-change procedures do not change a person's gender in the eyes of the church. The decision, made by the department in charge of doctrine, is contained in a confidential document obtained by the Catholic News Service.Lovely. My reader notes that: "I get the feeling this may be a big speed bump on the road to my canonization...", and I would hazard the guess that she is probably right.
CNS, quoting a source familiar with the text, says the document instructs bishops never to alter the sex listed in parish baptismal records and says Catholics who have undergone "sex-change" procedures are not eligible to marry, be ordained to the priesthood or enter religious life.
In essence it says the transgendered do not exist in the Catholic faith.