A Manhattan Catholic Church has launched an art exhibit that is causing quite a stir within the Catholic Community. “God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey,” created by Adah Unachukwu at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, suggests that God is transsexual. Some are praising this exhibit, stating that it is accepting of the Queer Community, while others argue that it goes against Roman Catholic teachings.
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Through this exhibition, Sacrifice, Identity, and Communion map the queer spiritual journey that a person takes. In Sacrifice, the focus is on shedding an old life and personhood to let spiritual growth needs take over. In “Identity,” it is believed that a person’s identity has the most significant impact. While in “Communion,” God and mortal beings are on the same plane, speaking to one another.
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A parishioner of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle called for a stop to the exhibit, saying that it promotes transgenderism, which goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church. The parishioner stated that they understand there are transgender individuals but that enough is enough. It seems as though they are trying to force their agenda on others.
According to Bill O’Connor, 79, the queer community has been accepted within the church for a long time now, and the exhibit is a wonderful addition to the church. It is a place of welcome for everyone who wishes to question their path in life.
In 2019, a statement was released by the Vatican condemning transgender ideology. However, the church encourages its faithful to be kind and loving towards transgender people while rejecting the idea of altering one’s biological sex. The Vatican cited that it is a person’s sex that makes them a man or woman, thereby conditioning the person’s progress towards maturity and insertion into society.
While the Vatican does not support transgenderism, it is aware that views can differ from one parish to the next. However, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York informed the outlet that they were not aware of the exhibit. The Church of St. Paul the Apostle was wrong in promoting such an exhibition, which goes against Catholic teachings and may lead to misleading interpretations by individuals outside the church.