One of the things I’ve been more than pissed off about is the ongoing pattern since 2003 of anti-trans rhetoric coming out of the mouths of Pope Francis and his predecessor along with anti-trans policies.
Once again the Catholic Church has opened their mouth and let something transphobic come out of it.
It started in Spain back in July when 21 year old transman Alex Salinas asked his parish priest if he could be his nephew;s godfather. The priest according to Salinas initially agreed to the request but changed his mind when Bishop Rafael Zornoza of Cadiz y Ceuta challenged the decision.
Salinas is recognized by the Spanish government as a male, but the Catholic Church refuses to do so and offered him the position of ‘spiritual godfather’, which is a position the Catholic Church designates for people they deem ineligible for the godparents role.
Never mind the fact that Salinas has been faithfully attending mass at his parish.
After the critical backlash that ruling generated in Spain, Bishop Zornoza quickly deferred to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that enforces Catholic teaching to render a final verdict on the subject.
That verdict recently came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and it reeked of transphobic bigotry.
It concluded that “transsexual behavior itself reveals, in a public manner, an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”
“It is clear that this person does not meet the requirement of carrying out a life conforming to the faith and the position of godfather,” the statement read. It later added, “Discrimination is not to be seen in this, but only recognition of an objective lack of the requisites that by their own nature are necessary to take over the ecclesial responsibility of being a godparent.”
Salinas blasted the Vatican’s transphobic ruling in a Facebook post, and has left the Catholic Church on top of it, His sister has also decided not to baptize his nephew in the wake of their rejection of her trans brother.
The poisonous anti-trans legacy of Paul McHugh is bearing bitter fruit not only for the international trans community, but will continue to cost the Catholic Church trans and cis followers that believe that trans people are just as human as any cis person . .