Catholic diocese suspends baptisms for trans people

Unsplash / Thays Orrico

A Catholic Diocese in Michigan has ordered its priests not to perform Catholic baptisms, confirmations, and other sacraments on trans-identified or non-binary individuals, except those who have engaged in “repentance.” for rejecting their biological sex.

The Catholic Diocese of Marquette, considered one of the first dioceses in the United States to release the policy in July, said in an official statement educational report that his priests must also refuse communion to trans-identified people who have not repented. The diocese clarified the instruction in a declaration Last week.

In the Catholic faith, fellowship is seen as the process of taking the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Additionally, in some cases the ordinance will prevent trans-identified people from receiving the anointing of the sick, which is often associated with the physical or spiritual healing of very sick people.

“We are not defined or identified by our sexual attractions or our conflicts over gender identity. [and] our fundamental identity is that of a beloved son or daughter of God, ”the letter of instruction reads. “So, it’s best to avoid identifying people just by using tags like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender’. It is more about our core identity and dignity as people than it is about people with same-sex attraction or people with gender dysphoria. “

The instruction is intended to provide considerations for pastoral care. It discusses the art of pastoral accompaniment, the meaning and purpose of human sexuality, general approaches to supporting people with same-sex attraction and people with “gender dysphoria” and counseling for certain pastoral circumstances.

“There is an ever-increasing need today for the pastoral care of people with same-sex attraction and people with gender dysphoria,” said the order. “Let us open our hearts to the love of God so that we can overflow with love, kindness and respect for others. “

The document, however, declares that the experience of one’s gender identity is “not a sin” if it does not flow from the person’s free will, nor would it preclude Christian initiation.

But, “deliberate, freely chosen and overt behavior to redefine one’s gender is such an obstacle”.

The Diocese of Marquette argues that the best way to approach people with a “same-sex attraction” and “people with gender dysphoria” is through a pastoral and loving approach to spreading the word. news of Jesus Christ.

“Human persons are created in the image and likeness of God. We are beloved sons and daughters of the Father, ”says the instruction. “Jesus Christ died for us, which shows the depth of our human dignity. Thus, we must treat people with same sex attraction and gender dysphoria with dignity and respect and unfair discrimination must be avoided. “

The order explained how the teaching of the Church is good news for a broken world.

“The sexual revolution and the breakdown of marriages have led to infertility, broken hearts, shattered lives and shattered families,” it read. “The teaching of the Church, on the contrary, encourages constant love, fidelity, unity and fruitfulness. It’s good news. The path to healing is to embrace Jesus and his teaching.

The instruction notes that for priests to accompany others, it is “not enough to simply state the teaching of the Church”.

“In addition, we must strive to meet people and guide them step by step as we all walk towards the fulness of truth,” the instruction says. “Accompaniment requires docility to the Holy Spirit and discernment of the stages of the journey. Discernment requires the virtue of pastoral prudence and must be exercised in fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Accompaniment does not dilute the teachings of the Church, but rather, animated by charity, we must proclaim the Gospel in its fullness.

The diocese of Marquette has published a declaration Last Thursday, stating that “The Church teaches that people with feelings of same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria is not a sin, but to act freely accordingly is.”

“It is not a sin to experience feelings and desires that are not in accord with the true meaning and purpose of sexuality,” the statement read. “To commit a sin, we must know that something is wrong and freely choose to do it.”

Bishop John Doerfler of the Diocese of Marquette noted that during his years of ministry, he discovered that working with people of the same sex attracted people as a “privilege”. He said he remained “inspired” by their “faith and desire to live chastely”.

Jennifer Haselberger, former chancellor of canonical affairs of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, told The Washington post that the new policy could contradict canon law, a set of ordinances and regulations that guide the Catholic Church.

Canon law, she said, states that anyone who has not been baptized may be eligible for the sacrament and that those who will be affected by politics might have a way to challenge the order. they appeal to the Vatican.

“There is no one who approaches baptism from a state of perfection,” she said. “The presumption is the opposite. You come to baptism as a sinner, and original sin is forgiven you.

Doerfler said a local Fox subsidiary that it is crucial that people realize the gift of the body that the Lord has given them.

“He gave us this body as a man or a woman to recognize it, cherish it and respect it,” he said.

The Catholic Church is widely known for hosting primarily infant baptisms. According to The Washington Post.

Comments are closed.