Pope Francis Gives Warm Welcome to Transgenders in Rome

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - SEPTEMBER 10: Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014.

The LGBT community took encouragement from the recent actions of Pope Francis, who met with a group of transgender people and gave them a welcome in a Roman church.

According to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, Francis met with the group Wednesday amid his weekly general address to the church. The newspaper featured quotes from Sister Genevieve Jeanningros and the Reverend Andrea Conocchia — who said the pontiff’s remarks were a beacon of hope to the transgender individuals.

It was during the Covid-19 outbreak that the Blessed Immaculate Virgin community in Rome’s Torvaianica neighborhood gave entry to transgenders.

The pope had met with some of them previously on April 27, June 22, and August 3.

“No one should encounter injustice or be thrown away, everyone has dignity of being a child of God,” said Sister Jeanningros, per the newspaper.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:8-10 KJV

Pope Francis Gives Warm Welcome to Transgenders in Rome

The Associated Press notes:

Francis has earned praise from some members of the LBGTQ community for his outreach. When asked in 2013 about a purportedly gay priest, he replied, “Who am I to judge?” He has met individually and in groups with transgender people over the course of his pontificate.

But he has strongly opposed “gender theory” and has not changed church teaching that holds that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” In 2021, he allowed publication of a Vatican document asserting that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since “God cannot bless sin.”

Francis, in fact, recently heaped praise on an event organized by the LGBT ministry group Outreach at New York’s Jesuit Fordham University, advising organizers “to keep working in the culture of encounter, which shortens the distances and enriches us with differences, in the same manner of Jesus, who made himself close to everyone.”

He also penned a letter in which he spoke highly of Outreach, which is run by the Reverend James Martin. Reverend Martin is known for writing the book Building a Bridge, in which he argues that the church should be more welcoming to LGBT Catholics.

Martin has a long history of supporting left-wing causes, including LGBT, that are in conflict with Catholic doctrine.

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