Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-08-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community

by Robert Shine, Associate Editor New Ways Ministry
2017-11-21

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality.

Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, called on Francis to welcome the entire LGBTQ community after the pope decried the "biologic and psychological manipulation of sexual difference" in early October.

Olivares opened his column saying this comment is "yet another example of how Pope Francis has completely missed the mark on displaying full acceptance of his queer flock, including our transgender brothers and sisters." He described the pope's handling of LGBT issues these past few years as "a bundle of contradictions," and wrote further:

"It's that kind of inconsistency that continues to puzzle LGBTQ Catholics, who are still looking for their rightful place within a Church that has discriminated against them for decades. It also begs the question: who is the real Pope Francis, and what are his true feelings towards the LGBTQ community? . . .

"Which is why I, and other LGBTQ Catholics, are conflicted about our approach towards Francis. Are we holding him to an unreasonable standard, given the gulf between the Church he inherited and the incredibly queer-inclusive society [at least here in America] we live in? Or should we continue holding his feet to the fire of Scripture's burning bush in the hopes that it ignites change from the top-down?"

Dawn Ennis, a transgender journalist who is Catholic, told Olivares that while Francis is "appealing to progressive Catholics who are hanging onto our Church by a thread," he's also "adhering to outmoded, outdated, and antiquated dogma that please those on the right by reinforcing transphobic, misogynist and anti-LGBTQ teachings."

For Olivares, who participated in the Owning Our Faith video about LGBT Catholics ( produced by people fro St. Paul the Apostle parish, Manhattan ) that was presented to Pope Francis by the pastor, there are clear positives and negatives in his papacy when it comes to gender and sexuality. But what is unacceptable, and what LGBT Catholics need to be in solidarity against, is the disparaging of any person because of their sexual and/or gender identity. He wrote:

"Like any good politician, [Pope Francis is] navigating the inner workings of the Vatican by trying to please both pro- and anti-LGBTQ elements within the Church all at once.

"But the sad part of that impossible arrangement comes when it prompts him to disparage the lives and existence of trans people ( Catholic or not ), who are just as vital and integral to the LGBTQ community as any other cisgender person. After all, injury to to one of us ultimately hurts us all ( even if the LGBTQ movement doesn't always adhere to this mentality ). Yes, Francis can endorse civil unions and claim he's not one to judge, but until he tightly embraces ALL of God's children, including our trans peers, I'd be reluctant to call him 'Advocate of the Year'—at least not yet."

Ennis offered an even stronger critique of the pope's failure to reach out positively towards trans individuals, commenting specifically on the pope's most recent critical remark about gender-affirming surgeries:

"Francis, like all popes before him, is clinging to doctrine that will burn the bridges we have built between the Church and its laity. Those bridges need reinforcement, and all Francis has done with these new, disturbing pronouncements is weaken them."

The concept of bridge building has been prominent in Catholic circles due to Fr. James Martin, SJ's new book, Building a Bridge, which addresses LGBT issues in the church. In the eyes of many people, the pope is doing precisely that, building a bridge. But Olivares and Ennis are important, critical voices that remind us there is much work to be done. A bridge built without transgender equality as a constitutive part of it will fail.

Robert Shine is is the associate director of New Ways Ministry, and has been with the organization since 2012. The original article, published Nov. 15, is at www.newwaysministry.org/blog .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Aug. 16 'Trans Talk' to include Quigley 2018-08-15 - On Thursday, Aug. 16, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 )—who is vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus—will join Center on Halsted ...


Gay News

Queer, Ill + Okay hosts 'HIV/AIDS in the Age of PrEP' 2018-08-15 - QUEER, ILL + OKAY ( QIO ), in partnership with Howard Brown Health, hosted a panel discussion focusing on HIV/AIDS in the Age ...


Gay News

VIEWS Cardinal Cupich on sexual abuse: Clerical culture, not gay priests, at fault 2018-08-15 - A top U.S. cardinal has expressed strong skepticism that gay priests are the cause of clerical sexual abuse, saying instead the problem stems ...


Gay News

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Calling for change 2018-08-15 - Dear Editor: Recently, Pope Francis changed the catechism of the Catholic Church to make the death penalty entirely unacceptable, saying it is ...


Gay News

Trans candidate Christine Hallquist wins primary, historic race for Vermont gov continues 2018-08-14 - Trans United Fund ( TUF ) and the Working Families Party ( WFP ) congratulated Christine Hallquist on her victory in Vermont's Democratic ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Pro-trans letter, Troye Sivan, Global Citizen, 'Flipping Out' 2018-08-14 - Nearly 50 LGBTQ organizations, production companies, film studios and talent agencies called on Hollywood Aug. 7 to represent more transgender people on the ...


Gay News

78,000 transgender citizens could be prevented from voting in midterms 2018-08-10 - The Williams Institute—Strict voter ID laws may present a barrier to voting for transgender people who do not have identification reflecting their correct ...


Gay News

Multi-sport athlete Kamden Romano transitions, excited to compete again 2018-08-10 - Kamden Romano has quite the sporting resume: football, soccer, marathons, triathlons and more, yet Romano's future sporting ventures are, perhaps, most exciting for ...


Gay News

NCTE VIP reception set for Aug. 13 2018-08-08 - The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ) will hold its VIP Chicago reception Monday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Center on ...


Gay News

Youth activist Mack Guthrie talks 'My Body, My Story' campaign 2018-08-08 - In the months after the November 2016 election, Mack Guthrie decided he had to get involved with issues he was passionate about. That ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.