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Rejection or welcome: Transgender Catholics encounter both

JoEllen Musselman, Eli Musselman
Posted at 10:19 AM, Feb 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-26 11:19:16-05

MILWAUKEE — For transgender Catholics across the United States, retaining their faith can entail complex calculations.

They face rebukes from some fellow Catholics, including many bishops, yet find full acceptance in some premises of the church.

A small but growing number of parishes have formed LGBTQ support groups and warmly welcome transgender people.

Yet within the past two years, at least six Catholic dioceses have issued guidelines targeting trans people with restrictions and refusing to recognize their post-transition gender identity.

The latest policy targeting trans Catholics was issued by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in January.

It bars church personnel from using a trans person’s preferred pronouns that reflect their gender identity.

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