Massachusetts bishops issue neutral statement on state guarantee for ‘transgender’ rights
[They are as neutered as their statement]
Catholic World News – July 11, 2016
The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have issued a public statement encouraging “careful oversight and respect for all individuals” in the wake of the state legislature’s approval of a new law that will give “transgender” individual the right to use the public accomodations of their choice.
In their statement– issued through the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public-policy arm of the state’s bishops– the bishops indicate no opposition to the claims of people who identify with the opposite gender; they asset: “The understanding of and respect for transgender persons has only recently commanded widespread attention.” Acknowledging that public debate on the issue is likely to continue, the statement says: “We urge respect in this discussion for all those whose rights require protection.”
“In our parishes, schools, and other institutions, the Church will respect the civil law,” the statement says, “while upholding the principles of our faith and our religious freedom.” The statement does not comment on the challenges to the Catholic faith posed by individuals who demand to be treated as members of the opposite sex.