‘Transgender’ Catholic Churches?

Barb Wire

Here we go again.

From LifeSiteNews.com:

As the debate over transgenderism grows across the country, two [Syracuse] Catholic churches are holding what local news calls a ‘series of talks on what it’s like to be transgender.’ 

The talks, which are sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church and St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, were organized by the All Saints LGBT Task Force and ‘volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality in New York State.’ They will all be held at the All Saints Parish’s Bishop Harrison Center.

The events will conclude with an all-day workshop March 8, tackling topics such as ‘Understanding Transgender’ and ‘Becoming an Effective Ally for Trans Rights.’….

The Diocese of Syracuse did not return a request for comment on the speaker/workshop series and whether the workshops and presentations violate Church teachings….

The sad thing is, the aforementioned two parishes are reportedly known, at least locally, for their liberalism and dissent. LSN commenter Judy Darweesh wrote, “Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise to Catholics from this area. These two churches have been carrying on like this for years without any reprimand. It’s an abomination!”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (no. 2333):

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Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.

Jane Doe, who belongs to another parish in the Diocese of Syracuse, wrote in an email to me (edited):

We will be sending Bishop Cunningham a letter. Our priest has said that he did speak out against this event to others, including the bishop, but feels it didn’t do any good. These same two churches have held services for gay-identified persons in the past, even decorating the altar with pro-homosexual materials.

Before we moved to upstate New York, we lived in Tampa and attended [parish redacted]. At that time, the RCIA director was [name redacted], who is gay-identified and lives with another man. We left Tampa in 2007, but [name redacted] is still the RCIA director.

I’m trying to get our oldest son to come back to the Church. How can I do this when our Church leaders won’t take a bold stand against this? I’m at a loss. I just do not understand. 

There is no room in our hearts for hate for homosexual persons, but that doesn’t mean we have to encourage their sexual behavior. Aren’t Church leaders supposed to discourage this behavior and help them live chaste lives? 


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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic journalist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR and WLS-TV in Chicago, and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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