John A Cassani
The more I ponder this, the more problems I see. First, I can’t imagine that any diocese or seminary would admit a man to the seminary without being evaluated by a psychologist on the Church’s payroll. If a trained psychologist, who works for the Church can’t tell if a female is impersonating a male, I don’t know what to say. If there is even a question, that person, even if truly male, should …More
The more I ponder this, the more problems I see. First, I can’t imagine that any diocese or seminary would admit a man to the seminary without being evaluated by a psychologist on the Church’s payroll. If a trained psychologist, who works for the Church can’t tell if a female is impersonating a male, I don’t know what to say. If there is even a question, that person, even if truly male, should not be considered for priestly formation. Secondly, it is a big problem that there is no general requirement for a physical exam, conducted by a physician of the Church’s choice. With states allowing for birth certificates to be edited, they obviously can’t be trusted. I could imagine the possibility that a faithful Catholic doctor might lose his license for reporting a sex change. It would be worth it for the Church to support him and his family. This all reminds me of an old story, possibly apocryphal, from Boston. Someone asked Cardinal Madeiros, back in the ‘70s, when the Church would start ordaining women. He laughed, and said he had been ordaining women for years! The truth present in his purported answer explains so much of our problems today.
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