San Francisco Catholic school nuns: we’re ok with trans teacher

A female-to-male transsexual is allowed to keep job at all-girls Mercy High School
Gabriel Bodenheimer, in class on Thurs. May 12, 2016, is a teacher and the English Department chair at Mercy Catholic High School for girls in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

Gabriel Bodenheimer, in class on May 12, is a teacher and the English Department chair at Mercy Catholic High School for girls in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

The following comes from a May 12 SF Chronicle article by Jill Tucker:

Gabriel Bodenheimer could have lost his job when he recently came out as transgender to leaders of a San Francisco Catholic high school. Instead, in what some call a momentous step, the English teacher will remain at Mercy High, fully accepted as a man.

The announcement of support by an order of the Sisters of Mercy, which owns and operates the four-year college preparatory school for girls on 19th Avenue, offers a rare policy position on transgender rights from within an internationally respected Catholic order.

While there is no official Catholic policy or doctrine regarding transgender people, church leaders, including Pope Benedict, have addressed the issue, noting God created males and females and that anatomy defines identity.

“This is significant for us; we did not take this lightly,” said Sister Laura Reicks, president of the 16-state region of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. “We feel because of our values, the choice was this, but that didn’t mean it was easy.”

Previously, Bodenheimer was known as Gadielle, though students called him Ms. Bodenheimer or just Bodenheimer. (photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

Previously, Bodenheimer was known as Gadielle, though students addressed the teacher as Ms. Bodenheimer or just Bodenheimer. (photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

The order’s leaders told staff, students and parents that the sisters prayed for guidance, and conferred with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, but ultimately came to the only decision that aligned with their values.

Cordileone, who has drawn criticism for a rigidly conservative stance regarding gay rights, neither condemned nor fully endorsed the decision in San Francisco.

“Often in such situations a balance must be struck in a way that distinct values are upheld, such as mercy and truth, or institutional integrity and respect for personal decisions affecting one’s life,” he said in a statement. He emphasized that such decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, “allowing for prudential judgment.”

“Their personal lives are completely separate from their qualifications as teachers,” Sister Reicks said. “We are concerned about the education of young women and we do not consider personal criteria when we hire the best person for each position.”

Even so, the school’s employment contract does require teachers to be familiar with and support the philosophy and values of the school and to honor Catholic identity, regardless of personal faith.

Bodenheimer, who follows the Jewish faith, said he never sought to break ground in transgender rights.

“I love teaching at this school,” he said, adding that after four years it was time to come out.

School leaders told the community that counselors would be available to help students and staff members process the acceptance of Bodenheimer as a male rather than female teacher. In addition, an informal meeting for parents was scheduled for Thursday night.



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  1. FrMichael says:

    Several of the priests I know have mentioned that they think “somebody got to” Archbishop Cordileone. This decision, and a few other quieter ones, make me think they are right.

    The Evil One is about and roaring right now, and the resistance on the part of the bishops is non-existent. We few priests speaking out in the pulpit are islands in a sea of clerical silence.

    • JD Cahill says:

      Fr., since you speak out in the pulpit, do you get irate pew potatoes confronting you at the exit door after Mass?

    • Michael McDermott says:

      Fr. Michael – What could have possibly “got to” the Arch Bishop is beyond me, and I hope there is an explanation forthcoming as well as Reversal of this Poor Decision and its handling.

      We know that Governor Schwarzenegger was Blackmailed While In Office over his allegedly ‘Secret’ Extra Son – and thus although allegedly a populist who won a Recall Election, he appointed his predecessors Demicrat Chief of Staff as his own

      The main result of Blackmail of ‘Der Arnold’ by the GILBERT Gang was his Forbidding the Defense of the Successful Constitutional Amendment protecting Marriage – Proposition 8.

      • FrMichael says:

        Think of the papal nuncio and a certain cardinal on the East Coast whose star is in the ascendant in the Vatican. There is also thought a certain cardinal SF Archbishop Emeritus. Anyways, those are the usual suspects for doing the dirty work.

    • FromThePew says:

      Fr. M., The nuns & Archbishop C. were under extremely difficult circumstances.
      Despite what was reported, I don’t believe Bodenheimer would have left quietly. Consider: Bodenheimer, despite the denial, may have set-up the entire sting. So, it was a choice between: an ugly, expensive lawsuit, which they would lose in the current pro-GLBT climate OR appear to make the best of being ‘OK’ with the ‘unholy’ circumstances.

      • FromThePew says:

        Too bad they (schools) no longer have the confidence in the legal system to be comfortable & say ‘enough’ & fire this person. Let the chips fall. It is almost to the point where it seems like ‘a last stand’. especially when good men are forced to compromise Can’t picture this happening ‘in the old days’. Might I suggest, Federal funding is at stake in addition to lawsuits? Do you think the Catholic schools are sorry they ever took money from the government?

        • FromThePew says:

          What are the facilities (restrooms, locker rooms) at an all girls school today? I was wondering what bathroom does Bodenheimer use? I would not think many family or mens rooms would be available at the school site.

  2. The Catechism speaks very plains about bodily mutilation being gravely sinful. For a woman to pretend that she is male is an abomination of God’s creation. For a “Catholic” school to accept such a person on faculty is a travesty and a scandal. The decision should have been rather easy and straightforward: the teacher should have been terminated. This seriously casts doubt on the Sisters of Mercy’s fidelity to Christ and to the Church. It unmistakably signals that Lucifer has taken over at Mercy High School.

    • Anonymous says:

      The catechism says nothing about transgender people.

      • There are no transgender people. There are a minute number of people with mental illnesses that cause them to believe erroneously that they are the opposite sex than they are, or cause them to desire to have the body of the opposite sex, and some of those want to mutilate their bodies to conform to their pathological and objectively false self-image. While not referring to “gender dysphoria”, the Catechism certainly and clearly contains the theological and moral principles by which Mercy High School’s decision is judged to be a travesty of Catholic faith and morality. A mentally ill teacher is unfit to teach.

        • Michael McDermott says:

          Bi-Polar Tranziness
          Sawyer – It is Very important to make the Distinction between Men, who mostly are acting out some sort of Drag / Exposure Fetish –
          The ‘New Womyn’ – Who are primarily driven by MISANDRY – the Separatist / Esterminationiist Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality.

          The Later, via the Turkey Baster Creationist Court system have even created a “Presumed Parent” provision for co-habitating Womyn, grotesquely mimicking the Fact that All Procreation is Heterosexual (regardless of method) and every child had two parents a Male XY Father and Female XX Mother – as the clearly shows.

          SEE “Fox News Pundit Tammy Bruce Compares Being Transgender To Thinking You’re A…

          • Oh Michael…. I keep telling you we don’t use Turkey Basters. If the herertofore non-existent Ms. Right ever decide to have a child by insemination, I’ll tell you exactly how it worked.

      • FrMichael says:

        Altering one’s body to match one’s self-deceived “gender” in place of the actual biological sex is mutilation. By the way, besides Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks about the bizarro weird of “gender,” the Church has already acted to prevent “transgender” persons from entering priestly formation. One priest in Germany was removed from ministry decades ago for “transitioning” to female.

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          You are incorrect, the catechism and the Church says nothing about Transgender people. Your judgementalism about people and your lack of compassion for what people go through in life shames our entire Church.

          • YFC, would you make that comment to our Lord ? There are a lot things that are not talk or written about. The problem is that lack of knowledge and conscience. Stop promoting evil.

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            Yes I absolutely would. Christ loves each person in their entirety, transgender or cisgender. To say otherwise is to promote evil.

          • Your Fellow Phony Catholic is an enemy of Christ and and agent (whether witting or unwitting, I don’t know) of Satan.

          • Catherine says:

            Very true, Sawyer! Thank you! Your Fellow Phony Catholic, is NOT stationed by the Cross. Your Fellow Phony Catholic IS stationed in battle to support his master, the Prince of Darkness. The devil loves his hostages/slaves to do his bidding in their entirety too.

        • Anonymous says:

          Father Michael, do you really think that surgical alteration of genitals is always and everywhere mutilation? If that is so, then why would God have used exactly that – circumcision – as the mark of the [old] covenant? Honestly, this puzzles me. And even today, as beneficiaries of the New Covenenant in Christ’s blood, the Church does not condemn circumcision, even though there is no medical reason for the procedure. Wouldn’t you consider secular and non-medical circumcision mutilation?

          • Circumcision is a superficial procedure that doesn’t alter nor attack the telos of the penis. Removal of the genitals or an attempt to fashion a likeness of its opposite in its place attacks the telos of the genitals. Ear piercings are similarly a superficial procedure that do not alter nor attack the telos of the ear, whereas removing an ear would attack its purpose. Ear piercings are morally acceptable; ear removal is not.

      • FromThePew says:

        Good point! WHY is that? Because it is a ‘folly’ of the imagination & free will.
        God made men & women. Proves the point! THANKS!

  3. Michael McDermott says:

    Town Hall Columnist Mike Adams had these worthy insights on the Alinsky Tactics:

    “Queer Theories and Theologies

    – Some years ago, a man asked for my opinion on why his good friend, an atheist, had decided to go to Yale Divinity School.

    I told him that the Enemy could do more harm trying to destroy an institution from within than from without.

    And so it is with the so-called GLBT (Gilbert) movement. The Gilbert has equal rights.

    He is not fighting for anything. He is only seeking to destroy anyone or anything that will not validate him.

    That is why only 4% of gays who live in states giving them a “right” to get married actually do get…

  4. Michael McDermott says:

    “counselors would be available to help students and staff members process the acceptance of Bodenheimer as a male rather than female…”

    In plainer English – they will be counseled to ‘Pander or Perish’; and if they uphold Catholic Teachings – They will be Fired and Banished.

    In service of ‘tolerance’ – as defined in the Age of Abomination of course.

    • Anonymous says:

      The purpose of a Catholic school is to teach the truth in all things. To do this the language must me capable of conveying the truth. The term gender was introduced to confuse, and not to convey the truth. Only the the word sex which is limited to male and female can teach human reality as the word gender can not. No person is transgendered, they do not exist in reality. To have a confused teacher trying to convey the truth to young girls is impossible. Note the outcome of this type of education in the writers use of the word he to describe the person in this article. There is only one truth we will be judge by Him.

  5. Linda Maria says:

    What in the world is a transgender doing, teaching in a Catholic school, even serving as the head of the English department?? Plus, the Church teaches us to accept our bodies as God made them, and never to inflict any damages, such as surgical changes– our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! Catholic parents send their Catholic children to Catholic schools, for a good, solid Catholic education, in a Catholic environment– to especially include good religious and moral instruction, too! That is the whole point, of sending a child to Catholic school! Catholic youngsters of all ages, need good Catholic Role Models, and to fully know, understand and practice their Faith and Morals! Otherwise, best to keep your kids t home,…

    • Linda Maria says:

      I will finish. Otherwise, if a Catholic school fails in its mission– best to keep your kids home, and homeschool them!

      • Linda Maria says:

        I am used to the older versions of the Catechism. However– in our new Catechism, we find on p. 617, #2297, that it is a sin to mutilate the body or inflict sterilization. The only exception, is if a body part is diseased, and perhaps life threatening. Same traditional teaching of our Church! Surgical sex changes are also against Church teaching, I am sure– unless there is a legitimate reason, such as disease, and the need to save someone’s life!!

        • Linda Maria says:

          Sorry– I meant to type p. 612!! That is where you will find #2297!! This material is always found in our Catechisms, old or new– nder the fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

  6. FromThePew says:

    Fr. M., Looking back on the transfer of good Cardinal Burke (to the woodshed), I think I know why good men like Archbishop Cordileone are offering minimal resistance. They are learning to roll with the punches as their leader apparently has the mindset to undo the remnants of traditional Catholic strongholds & replace them with secular progressive supporters. His open exhortations sets the tone & tends to squash resistance in the ranks as does the fall of dissenting Cardinals. Watch your back. Could the shepherd be a wolf? Just an opinion from watching events from the pew. (I have gone from bring charitable to being confused to alarmed and concerned. The last straw was women deacons.)

    • FrMichael says:

      I know the knives are out, so I am precise in what I say publicly in the parish. I don’t stray one syllable from Church teaching, because the moment I do, I’ll be out of parish ministry.

      • FromThePew says:

        Yes, I fear we have ‘lost’ a good deacon at our parish. He went on leave suddenly & unexpectedly, for ‘a 6 month rest’ we in the pews were told. They cancelled one of his ministries for the time being. He was very out spoken about Church Teaching. We no longer see his family at the usual masses.
        I doubt he will be coming back to us after his leave time is over but it’s just a hunch. Praying for you.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        But you already have strayed one syllable. You defame people in ways that the Catechism absolutely condemns. You talk about people as though they are the worst people on earth. I’m not saying you should be out of parish ministry, but maybe you should be called to question about what the Church ACTUALLY teaches.

  7. I suspect the Sisters of Mercy decision regarding this matter was influenced by the strong possibility of legal action should they had decided to dismiss Mr. Bodenheimer. The good sisters may be hoping that Gabriel will eventually accept a teaching position elsewhere or pursue graduate studies.

  8. Gratias says:

    This Transgender girls teacher would have been accurately described as a butch lesbian a short while ago. The Church has experience with homosexuals in their ranks. Perhaps we need more lawsuits.

  9. Warren Memlib says:

    Now I know what Cordileone means: “Cowardly lion”! His Excellency undermined his own recently-established Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice of the Catholic Church.

  10. Bob Bugiada says:

    The most important qualification in a teacher is the ability to teach. All of us are fallen, and all have personal shortcomings. Some of those shortcomings, like transgenderism, are visible. Most other faults are hidden. My high-school English teacher lived his entire adult life unmarried with his mother. My high-school Algebra teacher later got caught up in the clergy sex-abuse scandal. Neither of these men led exemplary personal lives, but the high quality of the education they provided laid the groundwork for my successes later in life.

    • Linda Maria says:

      The role of the teacher, is far more than just the ability to teach! A good teacher, even in a public school, should also be an excellent Role Model, with good character! He or she should daily integrate good values, into everything they do, in the classroom! A Catholic school is a big responsibility, which the Church should maturely face up to—- Catholic schools exist to teach and inculcate the Catholic Faith and Morals, and turn out well-educated, good, practicing Catholics!! Catholic parents also pay a lot, for this privilege! Their kids need Catholic teachers who are good, practicing Catholic Role Models, like the nuns used to be!

  11. It seems that every time one hears of a decision not being “easy,” that the decision made is one against faith and morals. Abortive women especially often claim the decision to abort wasn’t easy. But what really goes on in these cases is a period of time where one deadens their conscience enough to succumb to the temptation.

    • Linda Maria says:

      A very wealthy country such as ours— with easy scientific “gimmicks” to quickly solve irritating problems, without GOOD LAWS TO PREVENT EVIL-DOING– tempts many to sin, with the sad result of TERRIBLE DAMAGE to the souls of mankind!! Modern Science does not bow to God– and it has NO MORAL CONSCIENCE!! So, it makes the ACT OF SIN look DECEPTIVELY “APPROVED” — as though there is NO SIN AT ALL to deal with– no problem, just a matter to quickly and conveniently “fix!!” This DECEPTION usually occurs, in sins such as ABORTION!!

  12. tee bohnar says:

    On a differet tack,, the sizzle sells the steak ….and stake.
    High schoolers, girls in particular, are still maleable in their “who do I want to emulate.”
    If the now “Gabriel” is seen as a good teacher, then desireable role model, why would she not be emulated, identified with? After all, she is daring, and those attending all girls schools often want to be daring, within limits that is, and she has set a new limit.
    If a part time strip tease “artist” was proficient in a subject, showed up in class in her stripper “uniform” or even not in uniform, would she be hired to teach?
    I doubt it.

  13. A little Italian lesson Cordileone means heart of the lion.

    Perhaps the good sisters are simply treating the teacher as a creature of the God who created us all. Yes, the younger girls may still be ‘maleable’. The question is: what do they see practiced ? Tolerance [which does NOT imply approval] or hate?

    • “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broad-minded.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

  14. Rev. Piers Lahey says:

    IN Psalm 139,the psalmist says “God,you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Human beings are created by God in God’s image and likeness. Now someone God created has said she didn’t like God’s design and decided to find a different one.There’s a great danger when the creature tries to become the Creator.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      What a silly thing to say. A person who listens to his own inner voice, who is attentive to their real selves, is not something you should belittle, especially not in public. Even your own quite conservative Archbishop seems to get that.

      • FromThePew says:

        YFC RE: Trans What is REAL about wearing a costume & taking ‘fake’ hormones for the rest of your life? Sounds awful! What is REAL about not being able to handle God’s natural law or the norms of a civilized society? How burdensome. Knowing, learning, accepting, and dealing with boundaries is a blessing of good mental & emotional health. No amount of legislated tolerance is going to fix the TRANs mental/emotional health. While they are ‘out’, they will remain a curiosity/novelty to the other 99.9%.
        God help them because this GLBT movement does not. Sadly they are a pawn in a much larger game.

      • Ann Malley says:

        ….that own “inner” voice, YFC, is not always a holy voice. Sorry, but discernment is necessary, discernment by way of looking to the beginning, middle, and end of actions/inspirations.

        The only thing silly here, is your pretense of not already knowing that, YFC.

        • FromThePew says:

          Ann M., Between you and me, I think YFC was just attempting to get in a ‘dig’ about the Ab. With the, ‘Even your own quite conservative Archbishop seems to get that,’ comment. I agree with you….the only thing silly here is his pretense……as only God knows what is in the Ab heart/mind.

        • Ann Malley says:

          “…Sadly they are a pawn in a much larger game.”

          This is true and why those who push for “understanding” while not understanding at all are no help but a hindrance to all.

      • Linda Maria says:

        YFC– “A person who listens to their own inner voice,” such as poor “Bruce” (“Caitlin?”) Jenner– is already greatly disturbed, and badly in need of sound professional guidance! Those who suffer from disabilities such as being deaf, dumb, blind, or developmentally disabled, etc.– all must learn to humbly accept and live with their disabilities, with dignity! You cannot change the way God basically made you! These patients receive professional medical help, for figuring out how to manage daily life with their conditions. They all deserve great compassion and love! Our religion teaches us to daily walk to Heaven, humbly uniting our sufferings to Christ’s!

        • Linda Maria says:

          We cannot always understand why there is so much suffering in this world! That is a great mystery! Yet, we must humbly accept whatever crosses God sends our way, unite our daily crosses to the big Cross of Christ— and see what spiritual fruit we may reap from our crosses! Our ultimate goal is the Kingdom of Heaven, and that is what God is preparing each of us for— though we may not understand it! The “Serenity Prayer” is a popular one, for many suffering souls. Some things in life, you really cannot change– and one needs grace and wisdom for acceptance! In Heaven, someday– all shall be well!

    • FromThePew says:

      Rev P. L., Well said! These are dangerous times for poor, lost souls. A man in women’s clothes is still a man. A women in men’s clothes is still a women. When most people put on costumes, go to a party & come home they remove the costume afterwards. Those very few people (less than 1%) struggling with this ‘disorder’ for some reason, are unable to accept the concept of NATURAL law and prefer the ‘costume’. Personally, I don’t believe they will ever feel comfortable in the world NO MATTER HOW MUCH TOLERANCE they receive.
      Something is very broken inside of them if they need a costume to be their ‘REAL’ selves. Let’s pray for them.

    • Catherine says:

      “There’s a great danger when the creature tries to become the Creator.”

      Rev. Piers Lahey,

      Thank you, for your words that show charity and leadership. The teacher in the story above, deserves to be treated with the fullness of truth and Father Piers Lahey, you delivered it. God bless you, Father!

  15. Michael McDermott says:

    “Bodenheimer, who follows the Jewish faith, said (She) never sought to break ground in transgender rights… adding that after four years it was time to come out.”

    A Jewish Woman hired as Chair of English at a Catholic School, where the “employment contract does require teachers to be familiar with and support the philosophy and values of the school and to honor Catholic identity, regardless of personal faith.”

    I have met some fine Sisters of the Church, and SSADly also met mean butch Misandrists literally working to Destroy the hated ‘Herero-Patriarchy’ from within – Using Funds of the Faithful to subsidize their Misandry.

    Is Any of that playing out in this nightmare scenario?

  16. Michael McDermott says:

    Obama’s Transgender Directive to Schools is Lawless
    The Obama administration’s letter sent today to every public school district in the country telling them to allow so-called “transgender” students to use the bathrooms that match their subjective “gender identity” is a lawless act by the President.

    The letter that goes out today is signed by Justice and Education department officials and describes what schools should supposedly do to ensure that none of their students face discrimination.

    This lawless letter does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s…

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Please do not call them the ‘good’ sisters! They haven’t deserved that title since the early 1960’s. They were SO STRICT. Now they have gone from one extreme to the other! The good news is that in a decade or so, they will be non existent! They only get perhaps 1 vocation per year.
    And as far as the AB goes, maybe there is more to this than meets the eye?
    I say with great hope.

  18. Clinton R. says:

    If we want our children to be taught the Catholic faith, it will have to be at home. The schools have failed in this post Vatican II. So, get a copy of the Baltimore Catechism and teach your youngsters from it. The world is sinking deeper and deeper into the mire and thanks to weak and effete bishops, the faithful is being sucked into it.

  19. Just what do these “sisters” look like? Full habits or the more common: skirts, earrings, butch hair cuts and mean faces? In other words left wing kooks who burned their habits back in the 1960’s.

  20. Never mind, I found them in Omaha Nebraska just as I thought: skirts, earrings, makeup, all old and of course no habits those were burned long ago. Sad thing is take look at the website archive photos of the San Francisco school and you will see lovely sisters in FULL HABITS, so so sad it has come to this. Thank you Vatican II once again.

    • Catherine says:

      Is THIS the so-called bridge building with New Ways Ministry? According to God, there should absolutely be NO fence sitting here. This teacher is suffering from a terrible mental illness. Instead of helping this suffering soul, the school and the diocese are allowing even more harm, as well as harming the students who will be indoctrinated and scandalized. This is another New Ways Ministry step in the pattern that shows the destructive tactic that is slyly known as “gradualism”.

      “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Douay-Rheims Bible

  21. Robert Siena says:

    This is a trend that will eventually reach the priestess movement if it hasn’t already. “Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is A Mental Disorder; Sex Change Biologically Impossible.”

  22. It is incredible just how many MUSLIMS are being shipped into the United States, this is a 100% intentional move on Obamas part, where I live now women in hijabs, nigabs, and full black flowing gowns are all over my city with at least 5 to 7 children in tow walking on my streets. Europe has been overrun with over 2,000,000 Muslim MEN not children as the media tells you, and not a shot fired. Isis told the West they would flood Europe with Islamists and behold they kept their word! Europe as we know it is doomed within 20 to 30 years, please look at the reproductive rate of ethnic Europeans then compare it to the Muslim invaders, it will shock you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the racist post.

    • Linda Maria says:

      Janek, this is true! It is also shocking, the statistics that about 1 million Muslims now are legal residents of the city of London, England– and their new mayor is also a Muslim! France has lost her traditional French culture, to a great deal of Modernism– and “hippie-liberals,” too, since the 1960’s, plus the influx of Muslim populations! Other European countries simply don’t look the same, ethnically, any more, either! We now see the twilight of Western Civilization, the twilight also of traditional ethnic populations in various European nations– with also the downfall of the Catholic Church!

      • Linda Maria says:

        At least, while the Catholic Church has immaturely “tolerated” immense “hippie-liberal” immoral “lifestyles,” since the filthy 1960’s– most Muslims have ZERO TOLERANCE for that! The Catholic Church had better get going, and see if they can’t do a good job, to try to “evangelize” (Protestant Vatican II-style term, of course!) all these new Muslim immigrants! Yes — where is the Vatican II “New Evangelization?” Is that what the Fathers of Vatican II had in mind?? Dumb ecumenical gimmick!!

  23. Sound advicefrom psychiatrist Paul McHugh, MD: “Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme” Public Discourse, June 10, 2015. Excerpt here (entire article well worth reading):
    ” . . . gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family…

  24. and cont from Dr McHugh above–excerpt:
    “The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden (C. Dhejne et al publishedFeb 22,2011), where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.”

  25. More on the aftermath of sex change found on website sexchange regret— a website for people who regret changing genders. Where’s the TRANSPARENCY when it comes to getting the whole picture?
    Faithful Catholics and other truth-minded people need to be ready to engage others with the truth-in-charity and that’s real help as well as authentic evangelization. That’s what our bishops TELL us to do . . .
    More than too bad! Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community you missed a giant opportunity to truly engage for the good of the person; for your students and the rest of us.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      How could you possibly know what is going on inside someone else? Why not give them the benefit of the doubt? Instead of rejection, shame, judgement, and insinuating yourself into someone else’s business, how about offering them a kind word, a supportive gesture, and an open heart?

      • You should ask yourself the same question. How could you possibly know? Instead of rejection, shame, judgement etc why do you insinuate yourself into someone else’s business? Where is your open mind in addition to your open heart?
        Certainly ‘kindness’ does not describe your above comment.

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          I know because I have asked and have been told. I didn’t just make things up, which is what you are doing.

      • You have not responded to a single point made above. Instead you attack the one who posted the comment.
        So FYC, you should ask yourself the same question. How could you possibly know? Instead of rejection, shame, judgement etc why do you insinuate yourself into someone else’s business? Where is your open mind in addition to your open heart?
        Neither ‘kindness’ nor sound arguments describe your comment.

        • More from Dr. McHugh:
          “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
          “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

  26. Anne T. says:

    Both orthodox Judaism and Christianity forbid the mutilation of the body under the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill” (meaning murder or destroying, as killing in self defense was always allowed by both). If a person is born with ambiguous genitals both religions should allow corrective surgery when the person is an adult. It certainly should be matched, I would think, closest to their DNA to make the person as whole as possible. On the other, “sex change operations” would be forbidden by the Torah and the Bible as one cannot really change ones sex.

  27. Anne T. says:

    Regarding my last post, if this person has mutilated herself, she should not be teaching children as no child should be encouraged to destroy his or her body. The John Hopkins Hospital stopped doing so-called sex change operations as they say it does not help, and they were the first hospital to do them.

    • Michael McDermott says:

      FTP is correct that this pretense doesn’t even pass the ‘Smell Test’ for such Scams, and is doubles a lawsuit (With Attorney Fees of course.) drawn up waiting for the ink to dry.

      Such Pogroms against the Church are a hallmark of the Abomination and its Misandry Machine. What a shame there are actually some Twysted Systers on the Inside so full of Hate for Men they actually push this Filth.

      Given that the Church my Parents were Married In (Most Holy Redeemer) was tagged with swastikas and anti-Catholic smears during the Successful Proposition 8 Campaign – and nothing was done to follow up on the open secret. of that HATE CRIME…

      The Corruption of the System is open and accelerating – particularly with the ‘Trannz-Fellowz’…

  28. Michael McDermott says:

    The Endemic Pervasive Separatist / Exterminationist Misandry corrupting the ‘System’ is accelerating – particularly with the appointment of Sodom by the Sea ”Trannz-Fellowz’ like Shannon Minter and their Ms.Andgry Machinists in the oval office – the Better to Spread their Hate at a greater Rate of Rants

    Meet Obama’s Newest Trans Appointee: Attorney Shannon Minter

    Shannon Price Minter, a trans (UN-MAN) and legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was appointed Monday to a “key administration post” in President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

    The Tranny-Fellow Scam is…

    • Catherine says:

      “The Endemic Pervasive Separatist / Exterminationist Misandry corrupting the ‘System’ is accelerating”

      – Prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen -Things Accelerate Toward the End –


    • Catherine says:


      “The Latin phrase, motus in fine velocior, is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. I’ve heard it said that it means, “Things accelerate toward the end.” We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly could be marked as the end of an era. I wrote about the potential significance of the 100 years since Fatima, which could be the “100 years Satan.” That 100 years concludes in 2017.”

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you, Michael MC Dermott, for the informative posts.

      “Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told me Congress must intervene to stop what he called an imperial president.”

      “If the president chooses to go forward with this outrageous order – then congress should begin impeachment proceedings,” he said.

      Perkins said the decree should be “resisted with ever legal and moral instrument we have available to us in this country. Every parent, every school board in America should absolutely refuse to sacrifice the safety of their children for the threat of taking away nine federal pennies that make up every educational dollar,” he said.

  29. Catherine says:

    First priority…What is worse? Losing your soul and Eternal Life or facing law suit threats to lose nine pennies per dollar of Federal funding? God has ALWAYS provided. Shepherds should have never tapped danced with the enticing devil of receiving Federal Funding. The chickens have come home to roost.This betrayal showed they had abandoned full trust in the Supernatural. Second.. IF it is the case that our shepherds are being blackmailed into silence, then they need to know that it does not matter how scandalous the threats of blackmail are. Expose the darkness! Doing nothing is tantamount to enabling or being complicit with the darkness.

  30. Catherine says:

    “Resist! That’s the message from Penny Young Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.”

    Mother Marches Through Target With Her Family To Protest Transgender Bathroom Policy!

  31. Catherine says:

    “The left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering,” -Penny Young Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.

    “Bishop McElroy, already known for his ‘elastic’ views on homosexual issues, thus stretched the boundaries of the CDF directive to accommodate those who want to adopt children. The website, a “gay blog for the queer community,” hailed the new partnership as a “brilliant answer to a needless problem.”

    “For Zion’s sake I will not be silent; for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch” (Isaiah 62:1).

  32. A poor sinner says:

    The Church is more than ever infiltrated and controlled by apostates and outright heretics. Saint Pope Pius IX: ” Each of you has noticed, venerable brothers, that a very bitter and fearsome war against the whole Catholic commonwealth is being stirred up by men bound together in a lawless alliance. These men do not preserve sound doctrine, but turn their hearing from the truth. They eagerly attempt to produce from their darkness all sorts of prodigious beliefs, and then to magnify them with all their strength, and to publish them and spread them among ordinary people. We shudder indeed and suffer bitter pain when We reflect on all their outlandish errors and their many harmful methods, plots and contrivances. These men use these means…

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