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Catholic Health Association Affirms Transgender Care

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The Catholic Health Association of the USA has been publishing several articles about transgender care in a Catholic setting that will be reassuring to the 1 in 6 people in the US that depend on catholic hospitals for their healthcare and may have a transgender person in their family.

Transgender Persons and Catholic Healthcare

Viewing the Transgender Issue from the Catholic and Personalized Health Care Perspectives

Sex Reassignment Surgery and the Catholic Moral Tradition: Insight from Pope Pius XII on the Principle of Totality

Ethical Currents Summer 2016

Besides these original articles they have published opposing views. In this summary they clearly state their policy for Catholic Health Organizations.

“Transgender persons have always been among us, of course, but our awareness of them and of the many issues that impact them are new. Our assumption is that there is no definitive magisterial church teaching on transgenderism or gender dysphoria. Our conviction is that our Catholic tradition has the resources to address these questions and we hope this ongoing dialogue will help to do that. Despite questions that remain, we can affirm the following:

1) We provide health care services to anyone who comes to us, regardless of gender, sex, race or any other personal quality.

2) We guarantee equitable access to services for all persons.

3) We are committed to respect the dignity of each person and to “meet them where they are” – socially, psychologically, pastorally and economically.

4) We will remain faithful to our mission and values and will maintain our corporate integrity as we deal with these issues in a pluralistic society.”

 

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LOS ANGELES RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS

2017 DATES: February 23, 2017 (Youth Day) & February 24-26, 2017
2017 RECongress Theme: “Embrace Trust”
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California

TransCatholic members will be at the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons

Booth #464

And as featured panelist in:

6-09  Transgender in the Family: One Bread, One Body   

Saturday February 25th – 3:00 -4:30

Gender identity and transgender issues have become hot topics in media, politics, schools and other religious and social Arenas. In this session, a panel moderated by Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice will speak from lived experience to help us be sensitive, loving and supportive of transgender Catholics and their families in the midst of transition. Fr. Bryan Massingale will offer theological reflection and respond to the witnesses of transgender Catholics and family members on the panel. Attention will be given to exploring best practices for integrating gender-diverse families in our parishes, schools and health-care systems.

Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD

Freelance speaker and minister Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice has served a decade in ministry with LGBT Catholics. He has spoken at various gatherings, including the Religious Education Congress, the Faith Formation Conference, the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, and the Gay Christian Network. Dr. Fitzmaurice appears in several YouTube episodes produced by the Ignatian News Network. He has also received the Archdiocese’s Lumen Christi and the Cardinal’s Young Adult in Ministry awards.

Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, STD

Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, is Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York. A noted authority on Catholic moral theology and social ethics, he has lectured extensively on ethical and racial justice issues throughout the United States and internationally. A previous Religious Education Congress Keynoter, Fr. Massingale is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has been a leader of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

Let us know if you are going to be there.

THE LOS ANGELES RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS

RECongress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an “institute” for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.
Youth Day (February 23, 2017) – Congress opens on Thursday with a day-long event for high school youth. This is an opportunity for students – not only from the Los Angeles Archdiocese but throughout California and the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and to experience the energy of a Youth Day Rally. See our Youth Day page.
Congress days (February 24-26) – The remaining three-day weekend is open to adults and young adults and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 Liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.
Free Exhibits (open to Registrants only) – One of the perks of Congress is the Exhibit Hall – held Friday through Sunday – showcasing over 200 companies ranging from religious art to music, and from publishing houses to educational institutions, in addition to our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. See our 2017 Exhibitor Listing.

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