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Q. 1. What is the Catholic Church view on transpeople becoming godparents?

A. 1. In September, 2015, the Vatican stated that since transsexual persons are not consistently living Church teaching, its “impossible” for them to fulfill their duties as a godparent. They cannot be godparents as they aren’t “leading a life according to the faith.”

Transgender people (those who had a sex change) reveal in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of their own sexuality. Therefore it is evident that they do not possess the requirement of leading a life according to the faith and in the position of godparent and are therefore unable to be admitted to the position of godfather or godmother.

There is “no discrimination" against these individuals, "but only the recognition of an objective lack of the requirements, which by their nature are necessary to assume the ecclesial responsibility of being a godparent.”

The attitude of transgender people can be viewed as a charade, something that is done in order to pretend something is true when it is not really true. A man is a man; a woman is a woman. And both remain as such until death.

To imply otherwise is a falacy. "A fallacy is the use of poor, or invalid, reasoning for the construction of an argument. A fallacious argument may be deceptive by appearing to be better than it really is. Some fallacies are committed intentionally to manipulate or persuade by deception, while others are committed unintentionally due to carelessness or ignorance."

The Catholic Church wants to help everyone in their own situation with a compassionate heart, but without denying the truth that it preaches.

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