According to the Vatican, transgender people can’t be godparents because they don’t follow the teachings of the Catholic church.
This ruling is the result of a transgender man from Spain asking if he could be the godfather to his nephew last month. At first, things looked okay for Alex Salinas, as he was accepted by his parish priest. However, things quickly went sour when this was overrruled by Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy.
The case quickly gained attention and press, to the point where the media backlash prompted the Bishop to forward the case onto the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
They only issued their response to the case yesterday, saying: “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.”
The congregation went on to insist that there was no discrimination against Salinas and they were only recognising “an objective lack of the requirements, which by their nature are necessary to assume the ecclesial responsibility of being a godfather.”