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Vatican says trans godparents ‘impossible’

Vatican says trans godparents ‘impossible’

The Vatican has said it is ‘impossible’ for transgender people to be godparents because they do not live by the teachings of the Catholic church.

The ruling comes after a transgender man from Cadiz, Spain asked if he could be the godfather of his nephew last month.

Alex Salinas, 21, was initially accepted by his parish priest, who was later overruled by Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cadiz and Ceuta.

Zornoza then referred the case to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after the issue caused ‘confusion among some of the faithful’ and sparked a media firestorm.

He received their decision on Wednesday (2 September).

The congregation said ‘transsexual behavior reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.’

‘Therefore it is evident that this person does not possess the requirement of leading a life according to the faith and in the position of godfather and is therefore unable to be admitted to the position of godfather or godmother,’ they ruled.

The congregation insisted they were not discriminating against Salinas, but were only recognizing ‘an objective lack of the requirements, which by their nature are necessary to assume the ecclesial responsibility of being a godfather.’