Monday, 24 July 2017

FATHER SHIRLEY BASSEY PP


VERY REVEREND FATHER RICHARD GEOGHEGAN PP - BALLYNEALE - TIPPERARY

ON RTE 1 ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8.30 PM WE SAW AN IRISH PARISH PRIEST PERFORM A DRAG ACT AS SHIRLEY BASSEY.



IT WAS THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF FRANCIS' BRENNAN'S TOUR OF VIETNAM WITH 12 TRAVELLERS - INCLUDING FATHER GEOGHEGAN.



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A Blog reader had told us that we were in for a treat on Sunday from Father Geoghegan and we all waited with bated breath.


Would it be a new colourful shirt? A new hairdo? A new tattoo? 

But the treat was to leave all those in the ha'penny place. Father Ricardo really surprised us - and with full female dress, jewelry he appeared as the famous singer Shirley Bassey.



Father Richard says that he is following the parable Jesus preached about not hiding your talents under a bushel but to go out and use them. He is saying that he has a talent for drag and he is using the drag talent that God gave him.

So, what, if any, are the issues here?

1. Is it ok for a parish priest to dress as a woman and do a drag act on public TV on a Sunday night at prime time?

2. Are people entitled to be shocked at this - or does people being shocked show that they are old fuddy duddies?

3. Is there any way in which RTE are exploiting Father Geoghegan?

4. Are there deeper, more personal and possible health issues involved here?

5. Phonsie has "A DUTY OF CARE for Father Richard. Is he fulfilling that role?

6. Is Phonsie being emotionally blackmailed by someone?

7. Is Richard's drag act Phonsie's idea of Theology of the Body?

MESSAGE FROM ONE OF RICARDOS PARISHIONERS:

It was sad. It is a complete mockery of what he is meant to stand for. But it's a common occurrence at weddings and celebrations he attends. He has a collection of wigs and high heels. 

Thanks for highlighting his living arrangements
even though I doubt anything will come of it. Phonsie is very smug in himself. 

Xxxxxxxx

WHERE DOES THE DISCERNING WATERFORD PRIEST SHOP FOR HIS FROCKS, TIGHTS ETC?



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MEATH NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS



Congratulations to the new Meath Deacon Kevin Connolly on his ordination and to his good friend Father Kevin Heery of Navan.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

PICS THE NAVAN PRIESTS DO NOT WANT YOU TO SEE

The other day I showed you all the outside of THE PRIEST'S PALACE of Navan in Meath diocese:



The Navan clergy were non too happy that I showed you their palace of a presbytery.

Did any of you try and imagine what the INSIDE is like?

Today I bring you pics of the inside - which has recently been refurbished at a SECRET COST.

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A PRIEST'S ROOM


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NEW WALL TO WALL SHELVING WITH HIDDEN LIGHTING

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NEWLY PANELLED AND PAINTED ARCHES

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HIDDEN RADIATORS AND NEW BRASS ELECTRIC FITTINGS
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WALL TO WALL WOOD / GLASS SHELVING WITH HIDDEN LIGHTING AND CHANDELIERS

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MARBLE FIRE PLACES

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WALL CHANDELIERS

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HIDDEN RADIATORS

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GRILL RADIATOR COVERS
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BRASS ELECTRIC WITH DIMMER SWITCHES

Is this the first time you have seen inside an Irish priest's house - or even Navan Priest's Palace?

Not bad eh?

But then the Navan people give generously to their clergy.

This is this Sunday's announcement of last Sunday's collection


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OFFERTORY COLLECTION:  EURO 3,850

DEVELOPMENT FUND: 2,310

TOTAL: E 6,160 PER WEEK


PER YEAR 6,160 X 52 = E 320,320.00

PLUS

CLERGY COLLECTIONS
WEDDING OFFERINGS
FUNERAL OFFERINGS
BAPTISM OFFERINGS
MASS OFFERINGS












WATERFORD PP IN 20 YEAR GAY RELATIONSHIP ???


PHONSIE WHEN ASKED ABOUT BISHOP PAT BUCKLEY BY WATERFORD REPORTER


WATERFORD PP IN 20 YEAR RELATIONSHIP ???

CURRENT AND FORMER BISHOP TURNING A BLIND EYE ???


On Friday I received the following message from a Waterford lady parishioner:



Bishop Buckley, I read your blog about the Waterford priest on the programme with Francis Brennan. He's not dying of cancer as per some of the comments. 

My parish priest - Father Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxis an openly gay man, which I have no problem with, but he lives with his partner Xxxxx X'Xxxxx in Xxxxxxxxx Co Waterford, for more than 20 years. 

The Bishop is aware of this yet does nothing to stop it. Bishop Lee also knew about it and accepted it. 

The mind boggles - there's such a fuss about lads in Maynooth who are not ordained yet but they accept an ordained priest living with a man! 

Most of the Waterford priests are gay. 

On Father Geoghegan - tune into the Francis Brennan show this Sunday night on RTE 1 at 8.30 pm. You are in for a treat. 

I'm not offering you information to cause any trouble but just so you are aware of the facts. 

Xxxxi

LEE (left) and CULLINAN
YESTERDAY AT 4 PM I SENT PHONSIE THIS EMAIL WITH THE FULL NON DEDACTED INFORMATION:


PHONSIE CULLINAN
WATERFORD AND LISMORE.

22nd July, 2017,

Phonsie,

I am forwarding you an email I have had from one of your parishioners naming one of your PPs and his 20  gay relationship.

Bishop Buckley, I read your blog about the Waterford priest on the programme with Francis Brennan. He's not dying of cancer as per some of the comments. 

My parish priest - Father Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxis an openly gay man, which I have no problem with, but he lives with his partner Xxxxx X'Xxxxx in Xxxxxxxxx Co Waterford, for more than 20 years. 

The Bishop is aware of this yet does nothing to stop it. Bishop Lee also knew about it and accepted it. 

The mind boggles - there's such a fuss about lads in Maynooth who are not ordained yet but they accept an ordained priest living with a man! 

Most of the Waterford priests are gay. 

On Father Geoghegan - tune into the Francis Brennan show this Sunday night on RTE 1 at 8.30 pm. You are in for a treat. 

I'm not offering you information to cause any trouble but just so you are aware of the facts. 

Xxxxi



Phonsie, Can I ask you to clarify for me and my Blog readers:



  1. Is the information in this message true?
  2. Are you ignoring this situation?
  3. Did Willie Lee ignore this situation?
  4. What will you do about it now?

Can I also ask you how you can tolerate situations like this - where according to your Church, a priest is behaving in a sinful manner and causing grave scandal to your people 

AND

At the same time justify refusing me Holy Communion in Tramore?

Does this make you a hypocrite?

Refusal to answer this email will suggest to me and to many others that you are willing to, and do behave, with duplicity!

(Bishop) Pat Buckley

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CATHOLIC THEOLOGY OF THE BODY:

AND HERE IS A YOUTUBE OF PHONSIE PROMOTING THE CHASTITY AND PURITY TAUGHT IN JOHN PAUL 11'S THEOLOGY OF THE BODY - AND ITS MAIN PROPONENT CHRISTOPHER WEST.

****  WATCH THE EXAGGERATED EYE, FACIAL AND HAND MOVEMENTS!






DONT FORGET TO TUNE INTO TONIGHTS RTE 1 PROGRAMME - FRANCIS BRENNAN'S TOUR OF VIETNAM WITH FATHER RICARDO.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

APPROPRIATE TOUCHING AND SAFEGUARDING



THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE RC BISHOP OF KILDARE HAVING A PICTURE TAKEN IN LOURDES WITH A YOUNG PILGRIM.

It was sent to me by an Irish priest who has been trained in safeguarding and the priest in question said that he was asure that Denis Nulty was doing nothing wrong but still thought that he was straying very near to the borders of what strict safeguarding people might call inappropriate touching - or touching that could be misconstrued or misrepresented by third parties.

The priest included a second, zoomed picture of the encounter.



Denis Nulty is one of those new  (some would say uber trendy) breed of Irish bishops that like to be "one of the lads".

Like Amy in Armagh he likes to wear a base ball cap and he also likes to dress in coloured shirts and even khaki shorts.

He he is with our friend Gorgeous at a recent World Youth Day event:


Unfortunately because of the recent history of the Catholic Church, the scandals, the claims and counter claims, good safeguarding procedures suggest that bishops and priests not only do no wrong but need to be very careful not to leave themselves and their actions open to suspicion.

In the old days it was called "admiratio" - the causing of "speculation" or "wonder".

Of course we do not want to go back to the old days of John Charles McQuaid &Co when bishops were feared and were so aloof as to be totally unreal.

But do we really need to get to the days of the base ball cap, the khaki shorts and the "one of the lads" bishops. 

Denis has something about hats:



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We will not win people - and young people - over by becoming Bishop Trendy or Father Trendy.

People are impressed by SUBSTANCE and not by GIMMICKERY.

And there is always safeguarding.

"Caesar's wife must be above suspicion". 


DIOCESE OF MEATH

I spent two days in the Diocese of Meath this week at the invitation of some of the people and two priests who wanted to talk about Meath.



I had one meeting in Trim and another one in Navan.




People's concerns were with regard to Maynooth and a small number of priests with Maynooth "connections".

They also felt that their diocese was very money orientated.

I am a native of Meath diocese - from Tullamore in Co. Offaly and I was always aware of the money thing.

But nothing prepared me for the Parochial House in Navan - its size and grandeur.



There are four priests living in the house.


Frs Robert, Louis, Kevin & Declan



Friday, 21 July 2017

NEW VATICAN INDULGENCES!

Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets

Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win 'indulgences' by following World Youth Day on Twitter


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Tuesday 16 July 2013 18.50 BST

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets.

The church's granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.
The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.

But a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.

"You can't obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine," Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.


CELLI


Indulgences these days are granted to those who carry out certain tasks – such as climbing the Sacred Steps, in Rome (reportedly brought from Pontius Pilate's house after Jesus scaled them before his crucifixion), a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory.

But attendance at events such as the Catholic World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, a week-long event starting on 22 July, can also win an indulgence.

Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican's sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the "rites and pious exercises" of the event on television, radio and through social media.

"That includes following Twitter," said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis' Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. "But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet."

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being "truly penitent and contrite".

Praying while following events in Rio online would need to be carried out with "requisite devotion", it suggested.

Apart from the papal Twitter account, the Vatican has launched an online news portal supported by an app, a Facebook page, and it plans to use the online social networking site Pinterest.

"What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone," said Celli.




WIKIPEDIA:
In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, an indulgence is "a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins".[1] It may reduce the temporal punishment after death, in the state or process of purification called Purgatory.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes an indulgence as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".[2]
The recipient of an indulgence must perform an action to receive it. This is most often the saying (once, or many times) of a specified prayer, but may also include the visiting of a particular place, or the performance of specific good works.

By the late Middle Ages, the abuse of indulgences, mainly through commercialization, had become a serious problem which the Church recognized but was unable to restrain effectively. Indulgences were from the beginning of the Protestant Reformation a target of attacks by Martin Luther and all other Protestant theologians. Eventually the Catholic Counter-Reformation curbed the excesses, but indulgences continue to play a role in modern Catholic religious life. Reforms in the 20th century largely abolished the quantification of indulgences, which had been expressed in terms of days or years. These days or years were meant to represent the equivalent of time spent in penance, although it was widely taken to mean time spent in Purgatory. The reforms also greatly reduced the number of indulgences granted for visiting particular churches and other locations.Indulgences were introduced to allow for the remission of the severe penances of the early Church and granted at the intercession of Christians awaiting martyrdom or at least imprisoned for the faith.[3] They draw on the treasury of merit accumulated by Christ's superabundantly meritorious sacrifice on the cross and the virtues and penances of the saints.[4] They are granted for specific good works and prayers[4] in proportion to the devotion with which those good works are performed or prayers recited.[5]

PAT SAYS:

With its vast wealth you would think that the RC Church would employ better PR people. 

Everyday the Vatican or some bishop or priest shoots themselves in the foot by doing or saying something stupid.

Now Rome brings back one of the things that contributed to the Reformation - INDULGENCES and the selling/provision of them.

The existence of Purgatory is a doubtful doctrine in itself. But now you can BUY time off Purgatory by following Pope Francis on Twitter and saying prayers while you are doing it.

You can also get an indulgence if you go to World Youth Day or follow it on TV and pray.

We have already seen recently that for many priests and young people WYD is nothing better than a f### fest - with city rubbish authorities having to clean up thousands of used condoms from fields and beaches.


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We have also seen how young gay priests and seminarians are using WYD to seduce and have sex with young Catholic men.

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Remember the Armagh Farmer on this Blog who wrote to Amy Martin about a priest who came on to his on World Youth Day.


Remember he is STILL WAITING for a response from Amy to his letter.


The world is going one way and the Vatican and the RC Church are out of touch and going in the other direction - that is - back to the middle ages.

ITS SIMPLE

If you believe in God and think you have sinned you tell God you are sorry and receive God's forgiveness and go away to try and not do the same bad thing again.

Why believe that God is an ETERNAL JAILER going to let you out of jail early if you follow a pope on Twitter or jet off to big holy party on the other side of the world where the behaviour of many, including priests, can be "strange".

Things like indulgences get Christianity a bad name.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE INTERSEX JESUS?

The essay below does not necessarily represent my views. But I find it provocative and interesting - especially in the context of our recent discussions.


From  a Lutheran writer.

Was Jesus Intersex?




Let's talk about this, y'all. Since gender identity and fluidity are a big part of the national discourse lately, and also in the churches, it makes sense for us to consider the relationship between Jesus Christ as the Incarnation of the Word, and intersexuality.

First disclaimer: I write this with the full intention of supporting those of varying gender identities, and as a Christian am opposed on moral and theological grounds to discrimination against anyone based on their gender identity. That such discrimination is often couched in religious terms, and perpetuated by the churches, grieves me.

I think it's important to look at Jesus as regards his gender because it can offer us some unique insights... so here goes.

What we know about Jesus' gender is rather complicated. Clearly, Jesus represented as male (his phenotype). He was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth (Luke 2:21), and every indication we have during his earthly life was that he lived as and was understood as a man.

Since he was crucified naked, and there were many eye-witnesses to this, and his circumcision, and more, I think we can confidently conclude that Jesus was male as regards his phenotype.

But in terms of his genotype, frankly, we have no information. The Shroud of Turinnotwithstanding, we do not have a DNA sample to work from. We do believe, based on the creeds, that Jesus Christ was fully God andfully human, so we can say confidently that the Word became flesh, took on a human genome, and lived among us.

But we do not know the structure of that genome. We only trust that God took on a genome.

Furthermore, we confess as a faith community that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. Okay, I admit, there is some discussion in the exegetical community about the origins of the term virgin to pertain to the mother of Jesus, because Matthew appropriates language from the Septuagint, Isaiah 7 in particular, which may actually be "young woman" rather than "virgin."

But the broader New Testament witness, the narrative itself, as well as the theological tradition of the church catholic, holds to the virgin birth, so as a Christian and theologian I do also. Jesus was, as Scripture says, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, a virgin (Luke 1:34-35). There is no explanation of the how. It just is.

Well, we know a few more things about conception than they did back in the day. One thing we know: a woman provides the X chromosome, and the man provides a Y chromosome. In the case of parthenogenesis, an exceedingly rare occurrence among higher life forms, the chromosomal structure would typically be a duplicate of the X, or just a single X. The one thing that would not be present would be a Y.

Now, of course, if we are allowing that the conception by the Holy Spirit is a miracle, which it is, then of course God could provide a Y chromosome. But if it is a miracle, which it is, then just as easily God could have had Jesus be phenotypically male but genotypically female.

In the end, we don't know. All we have is what we have: he was a man, he was born of a virgin, and God was involved in his conception.

Presumably, we can assume that God does not have DNA, or a Y chromosome, even if a lot of people wish God had a Y chromosome, and some others hope she didn't.

Of peculiar interest for our not knowing about all of this is the fact that Jesus never married, and never had children, so the passing on of genetic material from one generation to the next did not happen in his case.

This is another way in which Jesus was transgressive. He didn't procreate.

Lately, in a few circles, I have pondered the question with which I began this post, "Was Jesus Intersex?" I have been surprised by the confidence, and the vehemence, with which people say "No!" I think sometimes they say "No" because they know very little about intersexuality. Other times, I think it is simply very important to them that Jesus was a male both phenotypically and genotypically.

Honestly, I don't understand why they are so vehement. I can't think of any way it matters doctrinally. The church is committed to the saying unequivocally that Jesus was fully human. I don't know anywhere in the tradition where the protein strands of his cell structure are the basis for a confessional position of some kind.

All of this leads me to believe that perhaps offering a more fluid, intersex Jesus offends some sensibilities because people like to put Jesus into safe categories. Perhaps they would much prefer that Jesus was a traditional, masculine, heterosexual, domestic contributor to society.

It's quite a bother that Jesus wasn't. Instead, Jesus was a-traditonal, strangely open in the way he related to men and women, single, unemployed and homeless.

He was even more transgressive than that, when it comes right down to it. He ended his life offering his body and blood for his followers to eat. He was taken up in theological tradition as the groom of the church, so he is married (eschatologically-speaking) to the Beloved Community.

He initiated a faith tradition that drowns the faithful in the waters of baptism that they might die to themselves in order to live, and he sent a life-giving Spirit to his followers so that he might no longer be just himself, the fully human one, but rather the entire community gathered up into God.

Which is to say something far more radical than Jesus as intersex. Christians actually think that all of us, corporately, ARE Jesus. Or married to him.

Why does this matter? Some people will argue that all of this is baseless conjecture, idle speculation. I argue that the things we already assume about Jesus' gender identity are themselves idle speculation that most people now accept as fact. So re-considering some of our assumptions is a good thing.

It's a particularly good thing to re-consider assumptions that keep Jesus from being as fully human as Jesus actually was. According to Hebrews, we have Jesus the high priest who is able to sympathize fully with the human condition (5:15). For those who are intersex, there may be great comfort in knowing that Jesus' own genetic composition is potentially similar to their own.

At the very least, knowing that Jesus' incarnation and life transgressed many of the preconceived boundaries is worth remembering. I'm reminded of this every time a non-Christian joins us for Christian worship, and they see us eating the flesh and blood of our Lord.

We've gotten so used to the transgressions we know, while living in fear of the trans-whatever we don't know, or don't understand.

We should also be reminded that Jesus himself taught about intersex people. In Matthew 19:12, he teaches about "eunuchs" who have been so since birth. This is to say, as much as some Christians like to emphasize Old Testament passages that see gender as binary, Jesus himself taught about and was aware of a greater level of gender fluidity.

This Jesus, rather than the rigid Jesus of binaries and dominance and control, is the Jesus I think it is worth contemplating whenever the topic of minority communities come up. One could only wish that more people who get their shorts in a knot over gender identity would first teach themselves a bit more about the gendered experience of intersex people, and not reify their own personal experience as the only or pure one.

This same Jesus who was aware of and sensitive to the existence of intersex people, deeply sympathetic to them, had a heart for the vulnerable. The very next thing he does in that gospel is welcome children and bless them. The disciples don't get it, and immediately try to keep children from being brought forward, but Jesus sternly rebukes them, and says, "It is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."

Such a transgressive Jesus is a bit hard to take. But it's the only Jesus we've got, whatever his genome may have been.

PAT SAYS,

We Christians believe that Jesus became MAN and not necessarily A MAN.

The Godhead is neither male or female.

We must not talk of God in human terms. He/She is beyond all that.

Let's open our minds to the vastness and un-grabability of God.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SEX CHANGE GUYS, GALS AND PRIESTS

HELEN SAVAGE (FORMERLY MARK) WAS AN ANGLICAN PRIEST UNTIL HER SEX CHANGE
IN THE SUMMER OF 2013 ARURAL IRISH PARISH PRIEST CONTACTED ME TO TELL ME SOMETHING THAT HE HAD NEVER TOLD ANYONE BEFORE.

HE TOLD ME THAT HE HAD BEEN BORN A HERMAPHRODITE.

Wikipaedia explains the condition:
In biology, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female sexes.[1] Many taxonomic groups of animals (mostly invertebrates) do not have separate sexes.[2] In these groups, hermaphroditism is a normal condition, enabling a form of sexual reproduction in which either partner can act as the "female" or "male". For example, the great majority of tunicatespulmonate snails, opisthobranch snailsand slugs are hermaphrodites. Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites.
Historically, the term hermaphrodite has also been used to describe ambiguous genitalia and gonadal mosaicism in individuals of gonochoristic species, especially human beings. The word intersex has come into preferred usage for humans, since the word hermaphrodite is considered to be misleading and stigmatizing,[3][4] as well as "scientifically specious and clinically problematic".[5]
A rough estimate of the number of hermaphroditic animal species is 65,000.[6] Since the estimated total number of animal species is 8.6 million, the percentage of animal species that are hermaphroditic is about 0.7%. 

Wikipedia on human hermaphroditism:

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Humans
Hermaphrodite is used in older literature to describe any person whose physical characteristics do not neatly fit male or female classifications, but the term has been replaced by intersex. Intersex describes a wide variety of combinations of what are considered male and female biology. Intersex biology may include, for example, ambiguous-looking external genitalia, karyotypes that include mixed XX and XY chromosome pairs (46XX/46XY, 46XX/47XXY or 45X/XY mosaic).
Clinically, medicine currently describes intersex people as having disorders of sex development, a term vigorously contested.[22][23] This is particularly because of a relationship between medical terminology and medical intervention.[24] Intersex civil society organizations, and many human rights institutions,[25][26] have criticized medical interventions designed to make intersex bodies more typically male or female.
Some people who are intersex, such as some of those with androgen insensitivity syndrome, outwardly appear completely female or male, frequently without realizing they are intersex. Other kinds of intersex conditions are identified immediately at birth because those with the condition have a sexual organ larger than a clitoris and smaller than a penis.

Fetuses before sexual differentiation are sometimes described as female by doctors explaining the process.[29] This is technically not true. Before this stage, humans are simply undifferentiated and possess a Müllerian duct, a Wolffian duct, and a genital tubercle.

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Over the past 41 years I have ministered to a number of people who wanted/needed to undergo sex change.

"ROISIN" BELFAST -FROM MY NEWS OF THE WORLD COLUMN 1999


The priest in question had led a very lonely life having to keep this secret all to himself. In one parish he had even been accused of fathering a child - something that would have been physically and chemically impossible for him to do.
He got the courage to talk to me about his difficulty after reading about a private health issue of mine that had been made public.
The priest and I became friends. I arranged and accompanied him on a number of hospital appointments.
The hospitable arrange very specialized counselling for him.
He was offered surgery and decided not to proceed.
He is still in ministry and is in a much happier place. His bishop, fellow priests, family, and friends have no idea about his condition.


FATHER DENIS BRENNAN - MAYNOOTH 1964 WHO BECAME DENISE IN USA- PAT NEWS OF WORLD COLUMN 2000


THE VATICAN POSITION ON THE QUESTION:
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POPE FRANCIS WITH SEX CHANGE MAN (RIGHT) AND HIS WIFE (LEFT)

VATICAN-TRANSSEXUALS
Jan-14-2003

Vatican says 'sex-change' operation
does not change person's gender
By John Norton Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After years of study, the Vatican's doctrinal
congregation has sent church leaders a confidential document
concluding that "sex-change" procedures do not change a person's
gender in the eyes of the church.

Consequently, the document instructs bishops never to alter the sex
listed in parish baptismal records and says Catholics who have
undergone "sex-change" procedures are not eligible to marry, be
ordained to the priesthood or enter religious life, according to a
source familiar with the text.

The document was completed in 2000 and sent "sub secretum" (under
secrecy) to the papal representatives in each country to provide
guidance on a case-by-case basis to bishops. But when it became clear
that many bishops were still unaware of its existence, in 2002 the
congregation sent it to the presidents of bishops' conferences as
well.

"The key point is that the (transsexual) surgical operation is so
superficial and external that it does not change the personality. If
the person was male, he remains male. If she was female, she remains
female," said the source.

The Vatican text defines transsexualism as a psychic disorder of
those whose genetic makeup and physical characteristics are
unambiguously of one sex but who feel that they belong to the
opposite sex. In some cases, the urge is so strong that the person
undergoes a "sex-change" operation to acquire the opposite sex's
external sexual organs. The new organs have no reproductive
function.

The document's conclusions close one area of controversial
speculation that arose in Italy in the late 1980s when a priest
publicly announced he had undergone a "sex-change" operation.

Given church teaching that only males can be validly ordained
priests, the question posed in newspapers at the time was whether a
priest who undergoes a "sex-change" operation remains a priest --
the answer is "yes" -- and whether a woman who undergoes the
procedure can be ordained -- "no."





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PAT SAYS:


I believe that the experts in this field are those who have studied it from the scientific, medical and psychological aspects.

I think that the Church and clerics should be very slow to comment on these issues - especially in a harsh and judgemental way.

The human person is a vastly complicated creature - created by God - and only God can fully understand and appreciate the specialness of that person and the vastness of their makeup.

No one has a sex change lightly. They do so after many years of suffering and pain. 


For me the Christian response is to accompany each of these special people on their unique journey - through their initial confusion and pain, their decision making, their medical and psychological assessments and if required through their years of surgery and resettlement in life.

For me the MORAL ISSUES are the pain of the individual and our COMPASSIONATE response to them.

It is especially difficult when the person involved is a priest.

Whatever happens and whatever they do they retain their son-ship, daughter-ship of God and indeed their priesthood.

"BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD - THERE GO I".