Today’s post is from guest contributor Alfred Pang who writes about what the Vatican’s new document on gender means for LGBTQ teachers in Catholic education. What is at stake? The vocation of teaching and the integrity of LGBTQ people.
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Today’s post from guest blogger Dr. Jennifer Haselberger recalls a 1975 decision from the Vatican’s highest court that shows another way beyond condemnation is possible for the Church on gender identity issues.
“As the parent of a transgender daughter and as a deacon whose ministry includes pastoral care to Catholic families with transgender members, it is painfully apparent that the document is totally divorced from the lived reality of transgender people.”
“We implore the Holy See to take a stand against criminalizing LGBTQ+ individuals. “
I neither leave nor remain. I am in limbo. Ten years teaching, six years studying in school, a decade ministering, hundreds of students taken on retreat, dozens and dozens of LGBTQ students lives’ made more livable for the safe space my classroom provided them: these are but a few of the numbers that mattered most to me before the day I was told I could no longer teach or remain in my position as Campus Minister because I was married to another woman.
Austen Hartke’s book, “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” examines gender through a Christian lens and is a timely work in an historical moment where transgender rights are under attack.
Despite Canada’s advances toward LGBTQ equality, a scholar’s new book on Catholic schools revealed how involved the Church is in discrimination.
” I stay because, whereas once I was deeply ensconced within the church, I am now on the outside looking in and I am forced to see through my own eyes and experience, in my own flesh, what my LGBTQ brothers and sisters have long seen and experienced because of this institution.”
A journey away from the Church, and then back again with renewed and stronger commitment and purpose.
“The majority of parents are now empowered to speak truth to the knee-jerk reactions of nervous administrators. Their voice is growing. “
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