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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).
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