In her blog, Salad Bingo, Diana posts her struggles about Transgenderism and Catholicism:
“Transsexuals are even less compatible with Catholic teaching than homosexuals. Homosexuals are simply told to practice chastity. Transsexuals are told we don’t actually exist at all. Once again, I’m not exaggerating. Specifically, Catholic teaching does not acknowledge the possibility that someone could have an external body of one sex but a mind and gender identity of the other. They don’t say they’ve never considered it… they say it’s impossible.”
And… in a letter from a priest:
“I understand that you were in distress even to the point of your health being wrecked and I’m not in any way making light of that. But objectively speaking, what you proposed and carried out as a remedy to your distress was the breaking of God’s law that says that you may not mutilate your body.” Kochan continued, “It is better to die than to offend God.
It would have been better for you to have given your life to stay in obedience to God, than to break His law and to drag along into sin your poor spouse.” Kochan continued, “That is hard, but really every one of us should feel that way about every serious sin we have committed. We should prefer the death of our bodies to the death of our souls, shouldn’t we?”
Geez… What happened to: “If your eye offends you, pluck it out? Hand… cut it off?” Nahhhhh… lets go straight for the death… just die… for God. And we wonder why Queer kids are killing themselves.
No Light on at Home
Let’s sum it from the Roman Catholic point of view: There is no such thing Transgender. You were not born in the wrong body. You are suffering from a mental disorder. Medical transition is mutilating your body and that is against God’s law. It would be better to die than to transition.
So, this is a part of Catholicism that never made sense to me: God chose to create a natural world steeped in trangenderism, hermorphidites and homosexuality. God is reflected in his creation. Even the Catholic Church explains that God is the Father but is also the Mother, and is ultimately beyond gender. So, God is transgendered, and a hermorphidite.
What nonsense! Why on earth would anyone want to stay in the Catholic Church? They despise their own God, his creation and don’t even know it.
Catechism of HATE
The Roman Catholic Church has a very bloody history of hate and intolerance. So, their stance on trannies and homos should not come as a surprise. We are this century’s witches, the pagans and dissidents.
“In many nations, transexuality is equated with homosexuality in the eyes of the law. While transgenderism benefits from having a low profile that governments often don’t bother to legislate against us, many do legislate against homosexuality with the death penalty which brings us under indirect persecution. (Iran, India, and Egypt are some notable exceptions from this mistake.) Add to that many transexuals who do not realize they’re “really” trans and so identify and act gay. The connection with the Catholic Church is that the UN drafted a resolution calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality (transgenderism not mentioned) but the Vatican officially refused to support it. They said (in nicer words) they would rather allow gays to die than begin the slippery slope that might lead to states being encouraged to legalize same-sex marriage. By extension, this applies to heterosexual transmen and transwomen as well.”
Run, Baby, Run
When I found Terry’s blog, Queering the Church, I still held the belief that if you are gay or trans then it would be better if you dumped the church and went somewhere else. “Look, they made the rules. You don’t agree. So, why are you staying and forcing your beliefs on them?” In fact, it is one of the reasons why I left my vocation in the Roman Catholic Church. I was also faced with such hypocrisy, I wondered why so many continued to belong to the Church and just didn’t move on to another church that aligned with their life choices and beliefs.
Look at what trans-people have to face:
- No housing for trans, gays and lesbians (NY Times)
- Fired from jobs (thespec.com)
- Not Allowed Adoption (NY Times)
- Are not allowed to enroll in Catholic Schools (Trans Talk)
- Will not honor our committed relationships with religious rites
- Will remove Clergy who Transition and not allow Trans to enter clergy/be a nun
- Promote violence against LGBTQ (Women in Theology)
- Schools ban expression- Rainbows (Patheos)
- Denied food and shelter (Lez Get Real)
And these are just the bigger expressions of hate and discrimination that have made the media. I won’t list here the verbal and emotional abuse either, because you already know. Being mean and many types of harassment is not illegal here in the US.
Yesterday on Queering the Church, Terry talked about obligation to dissent. I responded:
“I guess my favorite part of your post is obligation to dissent. When I worked in Long Term Care, and the elders would come to me with their complaints and wanting to do something about it, I would encourage it much to the disappointment of the staff. I would help them in whatever capacity they wished to see that they were heard, to show them they had value, they were effective and could still make a difference. It shows they were listening, they took an interest, that they cared, that they wanted to contribute, they wanted to stand up for something and most of all, wanted to correct a wrong for the people who came after them. I never understood why anyone would want to squelch them, but there were often staff that did.”
And then, while writing this post, the most remarkable thing occurred: I changed my mind.
You see, I had supported my elder’s dissention in their facility for many reasons. The main reason is because the long term care facility was their home and they were paying for it. They had a right to have their home the way they thought it should be.
And so it is with Catholic laity. It is their church and they paid for it! Hell, they ARE the church. They have a right to have their home of God reflect the revelation of Christ as they know him/her.
Those who decide to stay in the Church and stand up for what they believe are also bringing hope and change to millions:
- UK protects identity (Catholic News Agency)
- 90% US Catholics Support Change (Dignity)
- Catholics begin their own support groups. (Catholics for Equality)
- Trans Clergy coming out (Daily Motion)
- Positive News Articles about Trans Clergy (Denver Post)
- Parishes and clergy stepping up to embrace and support us (Ministry With Lesbian and Gay Catholics)
Progress in Leadership
In 2007, an Archbishop conducted mass at a Gay Roman Catholic church in the Castro and he served Holy Communion to the “sister”. You know the ones: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. I commend him. The following was taken from a scathing article regarding this “incident”:
“To hand over our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to known practicing and promoting sodomites, in the middle of a ‘gay-friendly Mass’ is beyond the pale.”
I do not understand the fuss. Christ did not appear to the righteous, or hang around with them… he hung around with us! I say, the Archbishop was acting by Christ’s divine will in giving the Eucharist to where Christ says he wishes to go: to the sinners. In spite of calling for his resignation by Catholic hate-mongers, Archbishop Niederauer remains Archbishop of San Francisco. Praise God!
And there are others:
- National as well as local Catholic Societies stepping up http://www.dignityusa.org/equally-blessed
- Clergy doing what is right (iol news)
- Catholic Media positive reporting (ncronline)
Visit these two links and show yourself just how many Catholics are taking action to support love and equality. Sometimes it is easy to forget, when a Cardinal or Pontiff appears to spew forth the hatred from one of the largest religions on earth. The Our Lady’s Warriors site have amassed an incredible list of hate targets… (or, for me, a very comprehensive list of Catholics spreading the love of Christ to LGBTQ.) Many thanks to Our Lady’s Warriors for making such a wonderful hate list as well as making it easy for me to refer people to help these dissidents! I know it took months to compile such a list. I love when my adversaries are so very helpful and save me lots of time and effort! I guess this just goes to show there is a few good things about hate.
- “Dissenting” Organizations (Catholic LGBTQ Acceptance) (Our Ladys Warriors)
- “Dissenting” Catholic Clergy (Catholic Clergy Standing up for love and equality for LGBTQ) (Our Ladys Warriors)
Mario is the Program Coordinator for the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center’s, The Lavender Angels. A non-profit program that serves the Lavender Heights district with on street “Angels” who provide safety, escorting, directions, maps, first aid, assistance with nuisance behaviors, homeless outreach, youth pilot employment program and environmental awareness during the day and on graveyard shifts on the weekends. https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoLavenderAngels
- How a Woman Became a Dominican Priest, and Teacher of Moral Theology.
- Male and Female: Gender Trouble, Biology Trouble.
- Queering Genesis: “Male and Female (And Others) He Created Them”
- A Gay Priest’s Journey, From Exile to Reconciliation (queeringthechurch.com)