For a person in a same-sex relationship to be a godparent, the individual has to “lead a life that conforms to the faith.”The document calls for “pastoral prudence” by a local priest in allowing a transgender individual to be a godparent or a witness at a wedding. In addition, a transgender person “can receive baptism under the same conditions as other faithful” if there is no “risk of generating a public scandal or disorientation among the faithful,” the document says, according to NBC News. The Vatican clarified that this applies even if the individual has “undergone hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery.” LGBT advocates celebrated the pronouncement. “It is a major step for trans inclusion. … It is big and good news,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of the LGBT group New Ways Ministry, according to The Associated Press. DeBernardo said the document “proves that the Catholic Church can — and does — change its mind about certain practices and policies.” Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, called it “an important step forward in the Church seeing transgender people not only as people (in a Church where some say they don’t really exist) but as Catholics.”
The document also sparked a fierce backlash.
…transgender people not only as people (in a church where some say they don’t really exist) but as Catholics.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) November 8, 2023
Pope Francis just said that transgenders can now be baptized in the Catholic Church.Can I ask what exactly we are doing here? I’m Catholic and I’ve been Catholic my whole life. This just sounds insane. — Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) November 9, 2023
The Vatican is officially teaching heresy under Pope Francis.— Sanoj Thomas (@sanothomas) November 9, 2023
Transgender ideology encourages the desecration of Imago Dei: fashioning ourselves into false idols of self-worshipPope Francis is acquiescencing to the Gnostic heretical lie that “God got it wrong” when ensouling some people Bergoglio is unfit for Papacy, and should step down https://t.co/1g0QqaRdfG — Connor Tomlinson (@Con_Tomlinson) November 9, 2023
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