Printer Friendly

Vatican on sex changes. (News in Brief: Vatican).

Vatican City--The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has concluded that "sex-changes" do not change a person's sex in the eyes of the Church. The document was sent out sub secreto, first to Papal Nuncios, and, when that seemed to have no results, to presidents of episcopal conferences, instructing bishops never to alter the sex listed in parish baptismal records. Moreover, Catholics who have undergone such a treatment are not eligible to marry, be ordained to the priesthood, or enter religious life.

The key point is that sex-change operations are so superficial and external that they do not change the original personality: a male remains a male; a female remains female (B.C. Catholic, & CNS, Rome, Jan 20/03).
COPYRIGHT 2003 Catholic Insight
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Catholic Insight
Date:Mar 1, 2003
Previous Article:Pope's World Peace Day message. (News in Brief: Vatican).
Next Article:The Church and war in Iraq. (News in Brief: Vatican).

Related Articles
The coup against Vatican II.
Vatican posts first financial deficit in nine years. (The Church and State).
Gay exorcism. (Catholic Church).
Archbishop Prendergast speaks out.
Pope objects to Canada's gay "marriage".
Rice rejects Vaticans appeal to help end sex-abuse lawsuit.
Vatican uses claim to statehood in bid to avoid another sex abuse lawsuit.
The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council.
Fr. Thomas J. Reese.
The sex abuse crisis: the Vatican "scapegoats" gays for abuse crisis.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters