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Archive for April, 2014

Upcoming posts: T*CP – Resurrection theology for the severely transsexed

There is a lot to cover here and really just about nobody writing about it. Let’s hope this undergrad can stay in school through her doctorate so she has time to get to all of it.

Catholic Trans*

During the next few weeks, if I can find time or shirk duties enough, I’m going to be writing (and hopefully publishing) an Easter series of posts on christian/Catholic Resurrection theology from a transgender perspective. The series will come in parts.

Ressurection Theology for the Severely Transsexed:

1. The Heavenly Dysphoria – on how we yearn for something more, for we are not complete and the world is fallen.

2. The Glorified Wounds – on how our very woundings (read: transgender condition) is our glory, and is what we will bear as a badge in heaven

3. The Seed and the Tree: Scripture and the Heavenly Metamorphosis – how our current body is only the seed of our body to come. About the unknown metamorphosis awaiting us in heaven.

4. Sex in Heaven: Jesus Christ and the Sexes – about how sex in heaven is a mystery, and so is…

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CAMPUS CHRONICLES: USD Drag Show Draws Fire, But Is Really a Moment for Encounter

Well put

Bondings 2.0

University of San Diego students at the drag show.

The decision by the University of San Diego (USD), a Catholic school, to host a drag show was controversial, catching even the Vatican’s eye. However, one professor there says there is much more to this drag show than critics understand and it should be a moment for learning.

“Supreme Drag Superstar III” was the third annual drag show at USD, hosted by the campus’ LGBT group called PRIDE and promoted as a “celebration of gender expression.” According to U-T San Diego, the show features “a brief academic talk on the history cross-dressing and information booths,” in addition to the costumed musical performances.

Two local attorneys, Charles LiMandri and Thomas McKenna, protested the drag show by writing to the Diocese of San Diego and the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican. The Diocese refused to comment and the Congregation turned down their complaint…

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Reflections on an LGBT retreat

It’s easy nowadays to get information (and argue) on the internet but this post reminds us of just how powerful connecting with others in real life can be.

Catholic Trans*

rosary This weekend I went on my school’s LGBT retreat, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. It also gave me much to think about.

Let me start by saying that I had a lot of reservations going into it. I might not even have gone if I hadn’t signed up to be one of the student speakers. I knew very few people who were going, I didn’t know how welcome I’d be as a trans person, and I was somewhat afraid the whole thing would devolve into trite, politically correct pedagogy.

What happened instead was one of the most authentic, loving, and spiritually open atmospheres I’ve encountered in a very long time. People weren’t just “tolerant” – they were truly accepting and loving. I know I don’t only speak for myself when I say that many spiritual friendships formed this weekend.

There were…

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The Church and the Transgender Community: Can We Listen?

The Church and the Transgender Community: Can We Listen?

 “Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium: “Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God” (no. 272). The pope reminds us that “A Church which goes forth is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others.” (no. 46). What powerful words in this context– What would it mean to have the doors of the church open to the transgender community? What would it mean to walk with students who are questioning their gender identity? I went to the drag show to support my students. It was fun and not itself courageous on my part. But if the drag show helps GLBTQ students and their allies at my school to know that they are loved, supported, and included in this community, then we are doing something good and something special.”

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