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Vatican says transgender man cannot be a godparent

A child is baptized at a Catholic church in Havana on March 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stringer *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-VATICAN-GODFATHER, originally transmitted on September 3, 2015.
A child is baptized at a Catholic church in Havana on March 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stringer *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-VATICAN-GODFATHER, originally transmitted on September 3, 2015.

A child is baptized at a Catholic church in Havana on March 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stringer
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-VATICAN-GODFATHER, originally transmitted on Sept. 3, 2015.

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has rejected a request by a transgender man in Spain to become a godparent, ruling that his sexual identity means he is incapable of carrying out the task.

Alex Salinas was asked by his family to be godfather to his nephew, but the bishop of his local diocese on Spain’s southern coast questioned his gender identity.

Salinas was born a woman but has since undergone hormone therapy and has a male ID in Spain. He is now waiting for gender surgery, The Local Spain reported.

Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cadiz and Ceuta rejected the family’s request to name Salinas as a godfather. Then, after a media storm, the bishop wrote to the Vatican for advice.

In a statement Tuesday (Sept. 1), the bishop said he turned to the Vatican due to “confusion among some of the faithful” and “the complexity and media attention garnered by this issue.”


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Zornoza also published the Vatican’s reasoning for rejecting Salinas’ wish.

It said transsexual behavior “reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”

The statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, responsible for enforcing Catholic doctrine, concluded: “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.”

It also said the decision was not intended to be discriminatory.

In commenting on the decision, Zornoza noted that Pope Francis had addressed gender issues in his encyclical on the environment. While not referring to transgender people specifically, the pope wrote: “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home.”

Still, the pope has welcomed transgender people with symbolic gestures.

In January, Francis met with a transgender Spaniard at the Vatican.

In March, transgender prisoners near Napes, Italy, were invited to lunch with Francis.

And on Tuesday, Francis met privately with renegade French Bishop Jacques Gaillot at the pope’s Vatican residence. Gaillot, who was sidelined by Pope John Paul II, has welcomed and blessed LGBT people. His visit with Francis was a sign the pope wants to reach out to people on the margins.

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Rosie Scammell

Rosie Scammell is a British journalist with extensive experience reporting for leading international news organizations. She has been based in Italy since 2012 and covers the Vatican for RNS.

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  • Every day a new decadent defiance of common morality. Thank you, Gay World.
    Now why would any Catholic believe that a trans can be a godparent to a child receiving Catholic Baptism? As a godparent they would have to teach the child as the Church teaches, without blending in any opinion of their own. Thank God the Vatican exists to stop this lunacy.

  • Yes, to be a godparent means that should the birth parents become incapacitated in some way, then the godparent would ensure the child was raised properly in the Catholic Faith. And it is clear that this person, who is living a life that is in contradiction to the Faith, then it is clear that this person is not a suitable candidate.

  • The holy year of mercy…
    you should be a God Parent…and shame on those in authority who think otherwise…when will the church realise that proclamations it makes are often far away from where people are..and a true missionary…like st aidan in northumberland met people where they were and not where the hierachy discern they shojld be..
    hope this makes sense.

  • Tell that to Jesus. You are focusing only on the Church he established, and is obedient to Him. Your real beef is with Our Lord.

  • The hard truth is that millions of women and their infants are suffering and dying for lack of healthcare and birth control because of the Church. Gays in Africa are being imprisoned and persecuted around the world at the urging of the pope and his men.

  • If the truth does not sit too well with progressive Christians, then maybe they need to change. The term “progressive Christian” does not even make sense since you cannot progress by acting outside of Christ’s Word. He is the Truth and the Light.

  • In agreement with Dominic .The Catholic Church is true to the word of God.It was established by Jesus himself. The Son of God knows that in the Garden of Eden, God the Father created Man ..and than Woman. So if you follow all the false , lies, of the Political Correct Gay Agenda. You are rebellious to the Word of God. You are just giving into modernism .But I can almost promise you. God is NOT Politically Correct.. He does not play games. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. As we all will know on the last day when we all must bow before him.
    Peace.

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