Bishop agrees to allow transsexual to be godfather

TRANSSEXUALS in Spain are celebrating a new triumph as the Cadiz Bishopric has finally agreed to allow Alex Salinas to be his nephew’s godfather.

The controversial case hit the news after Salinas was told he could not be a godfather and although the Catholic Church insisted there was no discrimination involved, the family declared it was because he is transsexual.

Yet now Salinas has received a visit from the San Fernando parish priest in charge of the church the christening was to be held at, who explained that he had been in touch with the Bishop and “following investigations on the matter, a transsexual cannot be excluded from being a godfather.”

Although no date has been decided yet, the family, who had said they would not have the boy christened until permission was awarded for his uncle to be his godfather, intends to go ahead as soon as possible.

The Bisphoric declared that people are often turned down when their lifestyle is not considered to be appropriate yet in this case investigations had revealed that Salinas was a devout Catholic. 

Salinas said the priest had asked him to “understand the confusion, as the church had not come across many transsexuals.”

The Bishop, the priest explained, had discussed the matter with others who had studied medicine and moral matters and had reached the conclusion that transsexuals could not be denied the right.

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