Some time ago at a conference for priests we were sitting around the lunch table swapping stories about weddings and marriage discipline and the subject of the “marriage” of people with same sex attraction arose. The impossibility of this was agreed but one priest pointed out that this was not the only difficulty facing Catholic priests in wedding prep.

“I had a situation” he said, “in which a nice, church going Catholic couple came to see me to begin the wedding prep and as they were just about to go out the door the bride to be said, “I think I should let you know father that I am a trans woman.” The priest said he was uncertain how to proceed. The other priests soon instructed him. “It was two men.” they said. “The sacrament of marriage would be possible.”

A similar problem surfaced this week. Apparently some trans men have been applying to men’s religious orders and to seminary.

Praise the Lord

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