(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – Transgender persons can be witnesses at religious events, godparents, and recipients of baptisms in the Roman Catholic Church, according to a statement released by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.
The Vatican’s recent position is the result of queries Brazilian Bishop Jose Negri posed to the Church’s Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the status of LGBTQ individuals and their eligibility for marriage and baptism.
The Church’s Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith responded to Bishop Negri’s six inquiries by posting three pages in Italian on its website.
The department’s website states that transgender individuals who have undergone hormonal treatment and gender reassignment surgery can receive baptism under the same conditions as other believers.
However, this is only possible if there are no situations where there is a risk of generating public scandal or disorientation among the faithful.
It is still declared by the Church’s Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith that transgender people are eligible to be godparents.
Pope Francis approved of the revised position on transgender people, which was endorsed by Argentine Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández.
Transgender people can be godparents at Roman Catholic baptisms, witnesses at religious weddings and receive baptism themselves, the Vatican's doctrinal office said, responding to questions from a bishop https://t.co/QSiGflppt3 pic.twitter.com/x0L01TzK1T
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 9, 2023
“The department, known as the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith, was vague however, in response to a question of whether a same-sex couple could have a Church baptism for an adopted child or one obtained through a surrogate mother.
Bishop Jose Negri of Santo Amaro in Brazil sent the doctrinal office six questions in July regarding LGBT people and their participation in the sacraments of baptism and matrimony.
The three pages of questions and answers were signed by the department’s head, Argentine Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, and approved by Pope Francis on Oct. 31. They were posted on the department’s website on Wednesday using the Italian word for “transsexuals”.
🏳️⚧️ Transgender people can be baptised into the Catholic Church and be godparents and witnesses at weddings, Pope Francis has said https://t.co/QL4TdSmLND
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 9, 2023
The document also mentioned the possibility of baptism for young transgender people.
Just In: Children Who Identify As Transgender Can Now Be Baptized In Catholic Church pic.twitter.com/DfWDoGKEBN
— The Triune Times (@TriuneTimes) November 9, 2023
A rising number of parishes in the United States have started to establish support groups for LGBTQ individuals and have made efforts to welcome transgender people on their own terms.
However, some Catholic dioceses have released directives that impose limitations on trans people and deny recognition of their gender identity.
What are your thoughts on the Roman Catholic Church’s decision?
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