Norms to bar transsexuals from religious orders. (World).
The three-page document was prepared by the doctrinal congregation and sent to superiors with a Jan. 15 cover letter from Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The text acknowledges that transsexualism is a "rare pathology" but said issues surrounding sexual identity and sex change were commonly accepted in modern culture and "also raise important problems in the ecclesial ambient."
The document is an adaptation of a larger doctrinal congregation study on transsexualism and its implications for church marriages, priestly ordination, religious life and parish baptismal records first reported in the media Jan. 14. Those reports said that according to the study nonordained members of religious orders who undergo sex-change procedures must be expelled (NCR, Jan. 24).
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|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 14, 2003|
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