Transgender Nuns

Pope Francis shocked the world by “praising” a nun who promotes Catholic acceptance of cross-dressing, “sex-change” operations, and “homosexual” relationships.

After a controversial nun opened in Argentina a residence for “trans women,” men who choose to identify as women, Pope Francis praised her work, referring to the males, reported to be between 40 and 70 years old, as “girls.”

Pope Francis’ praise for Argentinean Sister Mónica Astorga Cremona, 53, known locally in Argentina as the “Nun of the Trans,” came in light of her cutting the ribbon on a new complex of twelve small apartments dedicated solely to housing “men claiming to be women and their sexual partners.”

 These issues are tough, and it’s complicated by the fact that this nun is actually doing some very good things helping people out of dire poverty.

Pope Francis has written to a nun who ministers to trans gender people.

Upon hearing the news the Pope responded in a communication, according to the nun, “Dear Monica, God who did not go to the seminary or study theology will repay you abundantly. I pray for you and your girls. Do not forget to pray for me. May Jesus blesses you and may the Holy Virgin take care of you,” according to a report by Newsflare   

Last year, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, joined by other prelates, issued a public declaration of truths of the faith where they called it a rebellion and “grave sin” for a man to “attempt to become a woman.”

“The male and female sexes, man and woman, are biological realities created by the wise will of God (see Genesis 1: 27; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 369). It is, therefore, a rebellion against natural and Divine law and a grave sin that a man may attempt to become a woman by mutilating himself, or even by simply declaring himself to be such, or that a woman may in like manner attempt to become a man, or to hold that the civil authority has the duty or the right to act as if such things were or may be possible and legitimate (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2297),” the document states.

Sister Monica has affirmed since 2015 that Pope Francis has known of her work and that he supports it. Her personal relationship with the pontiff dates back well before that, back to “before he was a bishop,” according to a 2017 Crux report.

The “Discalced Carmelite” explained in a “Queering the Church” report at the time that the Pope told her in an email, “In Jesus’ time, the lepers were rejected like that. The trans women are the lepers of these times. Don’t leave this work on the frontier that is yours. Though indistinct in English, Francis used the female pronoun when saying that the transgender persons are the lepers of today,” according to Crux’s Inés San Martín.

Sister Monica, in a video interview at the opening of the “trans home”, said that Catholics have made people who present themselves as a member of the opposite sex “live in darkness.”

“My dream was that the Trans had a dignified home because they are never given this opportunity. They do not have any rights to anything. The apartments are very ‘bright’ and they have lived in darkness because of us – we made them live in darkness. Because we have turned our back on them and they always lived in darkness. So they need to take advantage of this light, as I call it, of this place that is the only one in the world. There are no houses for trans in any part of the world,” she said.

One man, who will be living in the new complex while identifying as female, said that people like him face many difficulties.

“The places that we have always lived and we have always rented, the people always took advantage of our condition of being trans women. On a lease that was charging 5,000 pesos, just for an example, we would pay 15,000  just because we were trans. Just because we were trans women,” he said in the video report.

“And it’s not like a place like this one that is clean, with all services. We have lived in places with humidity, rats, insects. Trans women always live poorly,” he explained.

The “Tutored Social Condominium for Trans Women,” conceived by Sister Monica, was built by the “Provincial Institute of Housing and Urbanism” (IPVU) with government funds in Argentine Patagonia. Its operation has been turned over to the “Discalced Carmelites.”

This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has given remarks “opposite” of what the Catholic Church traditionally teaches about the rejection of one’s God-given “sexual identity.”

On October 2, 2016, Pope Francis referred to a woman who underwent a “sex-change operation as a man.”  The Pope said the woman, who “felt like a man” but “was physically a young woman,” eventually “got married” after the sex-change surgery in her twenties. “He wrote me a letter saying that, for him, it would be a consolation to come see me with his wife,” the Pope said.

He referred to her as having “married” another woman and admitted to inviting and receiving them in the Vatican in 2015, describing the couple as “I received them and they were very happy.” Referring to the post-trans surgery woman, the Pope said, “He got married. He that was ‘her’ but is he,” explained Pope Francis.

Pope Francis meeting with woman who underwent sex-change surgery (to right of pope) and her “wife” (to left of pope.)

And you can add to that the fact that the Pope has openly promoted one of the biggest promoters of “homosexuality and transgenderism” in the Catholic Church in America, Father James Martin.

The Pope named Fr. Martin to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and had Martin speak at the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families. He also met with him personally in an audience, the photos of which were used by Fr. Martin to attest to the Pope supporting his agenda, which has garnered opposition from several U.S. bishops.

LGBT-activist Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin was delighted with the Pope’s congratulatory words to Sister Monica Cremona, saying in a Tweet:

“Wow. Pope Francis sends his support for a Catholic sister in Argentina who ministers to transsexual women. “God, who did not go to seminary or study theology, will repay you abundantly.” #LGBTQ https://t.co/ZhxzdayPDH via @Revista_VN — James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 18, 2020

Pope Francis meets with LGBT-activist Fr. James Martin in Rome, Sept. 30, 2019.   

The issues surrounding “transgenderism” are complex and today more so as society is pushing hard on this agenda and fiercely claiming those who question it in any way are purveyors of hatred. We have gone so far as to criminalize, at least in some states and nations, psychological help for those wishing to normalize their sexual desires.

However, the Catholic Church’s teachings on the matter of sexuality are very clear and they cannot change.

Those teachings were succinctly summarized last year in a document by various high-ranking prelates, including Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Called the Declaration of Truths, the document said it is a “rebellion” and “grave sin” for a man to “attempt to become a woman.” It continues:

“The male and female sexes, man and woman, are biological realities created by the wise will of God (see Gen. 1: 27; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 369). It is, therefore, a rebellion against natural and Divine law and a grave sin that a man may attempt to become a woman by mutilating himself, or even by simply declaring himself to be such, or that a woman may in like manner attempt to become a man, or to hold that the civil authority has the duty or the right to act as if such things were or may be possible and legitimate (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2297).” 

In 2000, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith issued confidential guidance to bishops noting that “sex-change” procedures do not alter a person’s gender. The document instructed bishops never to alter the sex listed in parish baptismal records and said Catholics who have undergone “sex-change” procedures are not eligible to marry because in the eyes of the Church they would be “marrying” someone of the same sex.

The Church’s traditional stance on sexual teaching, while it is characterized by the secular world as unfeeling and even cruel, in actual fact speaks to the reality of human sexuality – it is truly the only loving and caring stance one can take.

The falsehood of supporting lifestyles which lead to physical, mental, and spiritual harm may seem caring on the surface, but in reality, it deprives individuals afflicted with sexual dysfunction the care and help they need and deserve.

The best spokesmen for the truth on these difficult issues are those who have gone through “sex-change” operations and have testified to the devastation that has resulted. Walt Heyer is a man who lived as a “woman” for eight years. His testimony, which can be read by clicking here, must be listened to, as it encapsulates the reality of sex-change and the harm of affirmation of rejection of one’s God-given sex.

There are many other testimonies from those who have gone down the road of so-called “gender transition” and who warn of its devastation and the saving power of Christ who was able to deliver them from that harmful and sinful lifestyle.

But even though the Church’s teaching is clear on the matter, the confusion being caused by Sr. Cremona, Fr. James Martin, and even the Pope himself is very grave indeed. Added to that, there is the societal pressure even in the form of laws that are crushing Catholics and all who would adhere to “morality” on these very issues.

These issues are complex and in the case of Sr. Cremona, they are exacerbated by the fact that she is rescuing these individuals from sometimes dire poverty and giving them clean living quarters. Oh, what a joy if she did that like a Mother Teresa without validating their sexual sin.

It can clearly be seen that she is affirming these poor people in their sexual sin as she is permitting these men dressed and sometimes mutilated to look like women to live in these apartments with their same-sex partners.

Argentinean Sister Mónica Astorga Cremona.

Moreover, Sr. Cremona has promoted LGBT so-called “rights” and gay “pride” marches. She could have helped these poor people out of poverty while offering them the Christian truth about God-given sexuality. Sure, that would be a harder path, sure, society would not celebrate her work were she to do it that way. But it would be the way of Christ, and it would minister to these poor people body and soul, giving them help both in this world and in the next.

If you want a good picture of the “new and false” Church being promoted, knowingly or unknowingly, by Pope Francis, Sr. Cremona is a good place to look.

There is a distortion of the Catholic faith happening to such an extent that the faith is becoming unrecognizable. There is a famous transgender activist and comedian in Argentina with whom Sr. Cremona has associated. This biological man, who claims to be a woman, calls himself Lizzy Tagliani.

In a video in which he acts as an on-location reporter for a TV show, he walks around an outdoor Catholic celebration where he speaks with several people in the crowd, eventually speaking also with an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion who is actually distributing Holy Communion.

The transvestite Tagliani asks the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion if he can receive even though he may have sinned. And she gives him Communion. There is commotion in-studio as this comes as a surprise, and Tagliani says jokingly, “If I melt I know why – because I received Communion while being in sin.” After the laughter dies down, the host says: “Anyway the Pope says to cause trouble,” to which Tagliani responds, “Of course, I just made a mess just like Pope Francis said we should.”

The situation in the Catholic Church is dire. We seem to have arrived at the times prophesied in Holy Scripture where even the elect will be confused. And I want to ask you to join me in a plea to all our faithful bishops and cardinals to speak out and defend the faith which is being corrupted by the Pope himself.

Yes, these times are hard, and yes, it is a difficult stance to take. But they are called to defend the faith. In fact, the very apostle who was the one to publicly confront the first Pope Peter, on his error, in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 :

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

May the Lord grant Pope Francis that he might be an example to all bishops, by once again vigorously proclaiming these words of our Lord: “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?” (Mark 8:36),

“Not accepting Christ, is the greatest danger for the world! (quid mundo tam periculosum, quam non recepisse Christum!)” Matthew 18

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