This Diocesan document is exactly what it’s writers say it is, it’s the beginning of a process, and one that will play out quickly:

Where they fool you is when they feign innocence about what will happen.  For or against this policy, we should all be honest about it.  What is the logical conclusion of the process in the Jefferson City Diocese?  The framers of this document will tell you, if you talk to them (and you really should), that they are leaving it up to the priests to make the final decision about admitting transgendered students.  The flow chart makes clear that the priest may decide to deny or admit a transgendered student.  Thus Bishop Gaydos is permitting a transgendered student to be admitted through this “process”.   If you believe that no priests in the Diocese, present and future, are either homosexual or transgendered and that none would be inclined to admit the same orientation student out of consistency of belief then everything will stay as it was.  If you live in the Diocese and believe that your parish priest is tough and manly enough to endure the public lashing he will receive from denying a transgendered student then this “Pastoral Process” need not worry you.   Think about that for awhile, in light of the past 15 years, and what we’ve learned about seminaries and some clergy since 2002.   It’s reasonable and likely that one priest or even a few will use the process to admit a transgendered student.   At that point do we have transgendered altar servers and lectors?  Can that student become a transgendered priest?  Can they play girl’s or boy’s sports?  And then what kind of publicity will be given to priests who don’t admit such students.  How much harder would it be for a priest to expel such a student?  We would certainly have priests who would refuse to take certain parishes and schools.  This is in no way an attempt to criticize the character of either the students or the priest, it is simply a logical conclusion about the decisions they would make under this new process.  However, parents are the final authority over their children and we believe that they may wish to have a say in what they are and are not exposed to while still children.  Or, if you prefer, leave the parenting decisions to the writers of the Diocesan Document:Sr. Elizabeth Youngs & Sister Julie Brandt Cropped

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