Transgender Catholic Initially Rejected as Godparent Now Welcomed–And Other Positive Developments

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Alex Salinas

A trans* man in Spain will now be allowed to be his nephew’s godparent, reversing the bishop’s earlier decision to reject the man based on his gender identity. This change is good news and teaches an important lesson about how leaders can listen and learn, as the church journeys forward towards greater transgender inclusion. [Editor’s note:  “Trans*” is an increasingly preferred term to describe people whose gender identities fall outside of traditional categories of male or female.]

Bishop Rafael Zornoza of Cadiz and Ceuta changed his mind about Alex Salinas’ request, reported PinkNews.  Zornoza received intense criticism including a Change.org petition that collected more than 35,000 signatures. Salinas, who described the initlal rejection as a “kick in the stomach,” told reporters:

“I am very happy because of what this means for me, but above all, because what is good for me is good for other transsexuals who are Catholic and…

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