There is actual science and medical knowledge that the church is choosing to ignore. I’m irritated that once again the church has chosen to diminish and limits my lived experience while saying that they are listening. Lately, every time I start to soften a little bit and think about maybe going back to church, something awful like this happens. I’m sick of being abused by those who are supposed to be my family. There will be a few transgender Catholics who will take them at their word and use the title to promote a dialogue. But there will be many more who will finally concede that the church is just too irrelevant to life in the 21st century and will find other spiritual homes.
Then there are those who will be attacked and marginalized by people who will find justification for their prejudice in this paper.
In approaching the matter of sexuality and gender, the authors have failed to cite any but church documents.
There is no reference made to the scientific advances made in the last half-century regarding the whole realm of human sexuality.
“I’m hurt by the Catholic Church every single day,” she said.
“They want me and they don’t want me.” On June 10, the Vatican released a document that seems to seek to clarify the ambivalence Fay and other transgender Catholics have described.(Pope Francis, for example, has in the past compared arguments for transgender rights to those for nuclear weapons.) It dedicates a section to “Listening” and “Points of Agreement” that concedes that “unjust discrimination” has been “a sad fact of history” and has taken place within the church. [Name changed to protect identity.] There is no evidence in this document that its authors have spent any time listening to transgender or intersex people.But it also reiterates views that the pope and the US bishops has expressed which characterize transgender people as “choosing” their gender on gender, which themselves have been called transphobic and discriminatory by some trans Catholics. “Gender identity” is not about choosing which gender you would rather be, but noticing which gender you already are, as a gift given to you by God.The Ryan Commission published its 2,600-page report in 2009.Despite government inspections and supervision, Catholic clergy had, across decades, violently tormented thousands of children.In the United States, attitudes of Catholics have been shifting.Sixty-eight percent of Catholics in the United States say they feel more supportive toward transgender rights than they did five years ago, compared to 62 percent of the general population, according to a survey conducted this year by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).In 2017, Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, wrote “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” a book that affirmed LGBTQ Catholics and received praise from several bishops as well as members of the LGBTQ community for advancing the conversation on this topic.The new document talks about gender and transgender people in a less polemical way than the church has done previously.I’ve decided not to read it because I know it is not going to change my mind about how I live my life.I’ve been a better place emotionally recently, and know that reading it would only upset me.