I was blessed to be interviewed for another cool article, this time by Crux Magazine following the RECon trans panel. Michael O’Loughlin wrote a very charitable piece and gave my co-panelist Mateo and I lots of space to share our thoughts
You can read the whole piece here: “Transgender Catholics hope to build bridges in the Church” Continue reading
I was going to write a response to Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s shortsighted article The Devil of Detroit and Caitlyn Jenner, but thankfully Melinda Selmys (my hero!) saved me from that ugh-some task.
From Is Caitlyn Jenner a Demon? by Melinda Selmys.
Fr. Longenecker’s article turns on the fact that the statue of Baphomet recently unveiled by the Satanists in Detroit includes elements of both male and female. Although he doesn’t quite come out and say it directly, the strong implication is that transgender people remake themselves in the image and likeness of a demon […]
Here’s the problem: there is a massive difference between the meaning of a symbol ina statue and the implications of the same physical reality in an actual human body. Take blindness for example. We often use the symbolism of blindness to refer to “spiritual blindness,” that is an inability to see the truth or apprehend the good. Scripture is very careful, however, to make it clear that blind people are not to be judged according to this symbolism.
Read the rest here.
Rethinking the Conservative Approach to Transgenderism by Jennifer Gruenke
Conservatives do not take the introspective reports of transgendered people seriously, but there are good scientific reasons for supposing that subjective experience of gender is legitimate, even when it contradicts apparent biological sex.
Dear parents (and siblings, relatives, close ones) of transgender persons,
I’m writing this letter because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone else. If there’s a transgender person in your life whom you love, I have no doubt you want the best for them. I’m hoping we can work together for a moment to make sure the person you love experiences your care. Continue reading
“Call Me Caitlyn” By J. Peter Nixon
The question as I see it is whether a person with a gender identity that is at variance with their chromosomal/physical gender necessarily violates the moral law if they choose to live according to their gender identity and (although this is a separate question) ultimately undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Perhaps the Church will come to recognize that a decision to pursue gender reassignment surgery need not be motivated by an understanding of gender that is incompatible with our theological anthropology.
Read the full article here.
“I’m Proud to be a Transgender Catholic” – TIME Magazine
I came to school as Jes, a compassionate, but at times confused, young female searching for a way through school. I left Fontbonne as Nick, a young Catholic man who was more confident going out into the world.
During my transition from female to male, I was often confused with and mad at God. I didn’t understand why I had been born in the wrong body. This anger and confusion with how God had made me seeped into my daily life. I often wasn’t present to my friends and their needs, and I lost a sense of who and what mattered to me.
During this struggle, I closed myself off to God. But God never tired of pursuing me, and eventually we rekindled our relationship. It was at this point that I relearned one of the basic truths of our faith: that God created me, that God loves me, and that God accompanies me. The Lord already knew that I wasn’t accepting a part of myself, but once I told God how broken I felt, he showed me how loved I was.
Read the rest here: http://time.com/3744270/catholic-church-pope-francis-transgender-community/