Fuzzy-Wuzzy Theology 101
And a rather large helmet tip to David Nandell for passing the word about this.
Anyhow, here's some of this rather clueless article from an even more clueless 'reporter'. From the Des Moines Register;
It began innocuously enough when the incoming priest at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center at Drake University noticed a piece of paper on a copy machine in the parish office.
On it was a counselor's authorization of hormone therapy for a transgendered person about to undergo a sex change. On a letterhead that included the center's name and address.
What came quickly after is changing a community:
The intervention of the bishop, worried about liability for the Diocese of Des Moines (I guess a courageous stand defending Church Teaching is out of the question). The firing of the transgendered woman who worked part time as parish housekeeper and who, as an independent social worker, used parish offices to provide counseling for transgendered clients. Nearly 100 parishioners organizing separate prayer services instead of going to Mass because they said they sought a welcoming place for all. And angst in a once-tight faith community about how the church should minister to those whose lifestyles aren't condoned by the church.
Some in the parish believe the Catholic Church must adhere to 2,000 years of teaching because, even in a changing world, what kind of religion is permissive of everything? Others believe the church should welcome everyone because, after all, isn't that what Jesus did?
No, Jesus didn't "welcome everyone". I seem to recall something along the lines of millstones being tied around necks and casting certain individuals into the sea. There was also something about the "fires of Gehenna". Even at Calvary, only St. Dismas was embraced while Gesmas was pretty much screwed for mucho pissin' and moanin'.
The entire episode in Des Moines is simply sickening. So much for 'isn't that what Jesus did?"