The Vatican’s doctrinal office declared that transsexuals and “homoaffective” persons can be baptized and serve as godparents under certain conditions.
This statement was in response to questions submitted by Bishop José Negri of Santo Amaro, Brazil.
The document was published this week in response to six questions that Bishop José Negri of Santo Amaro, Brazil submitted to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF).
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The answers “re-propose, in substance, the fundamental contents of what has already been affirmed in the past by the Dicastery concerning these matters,” claims the document.
However, Cardinal Gerhard Müller criticized the document, stating that it employs “transhumanistic terminology” antithetical to Catholic understanding.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller said, “In truth, there are no transsexual or homophilous (homoaffective or homosexual) people either in the order of creature nature or in the grace of the New Covenant in Christ.”
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Müller also echoed the position that there are only “two sexes”.
“It is confusing and harmful that the Magisterium employs the terminology of a nihilistic and atheistic anthropology and thus seems to give its false content the status of legitimate theological opinion in the Church,” wrote the cardinal.
The DDF also addressed the possibility of transsexual individuals serving as witnesses to a marriage, noting that there is nothing in current universal canonical legislation preventing it.
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