POPE FRANCIS TAKES ANOTHER GIANT STEP TO MODERNIZE THE CHURCH; TRANS CAN NOW BE BAPTIZED
The Catholic Church has been making quite a few efforts to modernize in recent years, particularly since Pope Francis took over the reins from Ratzinger. Ratzinger, you might remember, just may have been a part of directing the bureaucratic coverups of priests abusing kids across the world. And, as it happens, many of those scandals are still in a pressure cooker, waiting to explode like regional super volcanoes. So the church has been making strides to modernize, with Pope Francis’ latest move to make it canon that trans people can now be baptized. It may seem to be obvious to do this, but it’s fairly huge news for the world.
TRANS BAPTISMS COULD LITERALLY SAVE LIVES, AFTER SO MUCH OTHER UNFORTUNATE HISTORY
Just consider how many millions of people died from the AIDS pandemic just because John Paul II absolutely forbade the use of prophylactics, aka condoms. Literally millions of people lost their lives because of the idea that they would go to hell for doing so. Every Sperm is Sacred, indeed. And for trans people all across the world, things are much more challenging on average than those who are not, affecting their access to a wider community (even their own), often having a major impact on their emotional health. Until now, trans Catholics have largely had to suffer exclusion from their childhood communities of faith, or even from their families. But if they can be baptized, because the Pope says so?
BAPTIZED TRANS CAN NOW BE CATHOLIC IN PRACTICE, AND CAN EVEN BE GODPARENTS, OFFICIALLY
It’s pretty huge, as it means they are members of the flock- because the Pope says so. Their souls can now be under God’s umbrella, according to the Catholic faith. That means they can live as trans and as Catholics, with much less conflict between the two. It also means they can become godparents and serve as witnesses to Catholic weddings. Earlier this year, Pope Francis also criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality wherever they exist. But for trans, depending on where they live, this is only one step towards they inclusion they deserve.