A far-left church in Manhattan has upset believers of Catholicism after it put up a new exhibit entitled, “God is Trans: A Queer Spiritual Journey.”
New York City’s Church of St. Paul the Apostle display, put up by artist Adah Unachukwu, has reportedly been explained as a three-step queer spiritual journey, Sacrifice, Identity, and Communion.
“The church should not be promoting this,” one upset parishioner told The New York Post. “I understand there are transgender people. I pray for all people but enough is enough.”
“It seems like they are trying to force the agenda on others,” they said. “Also, when a friend asked a priest about this they didn’t answer. You can’t put this out on the altar and then hide.”
He added, “That’s what gets the church in trouble.”
It goes without saying that such teachings on gender ideology very much go against the Catholic faith. This was at least partially acknowledged by The Post, which observed that the Vatican believes in gender being biological and unchangeable and opposes any type of so-called gender reassignment. The outlet then said that the Vatican concedes that opinions on the concept of transgenderism can differ between parishes.
That statement, however, leaves out some important context.
As PJ Media noted, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education released a document in 2019 known as “‘Male and Female He Created Them’: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education.”
The writeup states in clear terms that ‘gender theory’ actively denies the complementary and different natures of men and women, and thus eliminates “the anthropological basis of the family.” It also notes that such concepts are part of an “educational crisis,” which implies that parishes that take part in such left-wing movements are actively contributing to the problem.
The claim of God being ‘trans’ and other unconventional opinions on the Christian faith were seen being shared by a pastor in a separate church several months back, who claimed, “God is gay, God is a lesbian,” and “God is gender non-binary, God is straight, God is cisgender.”
Those remarks quickly spread across social media:
"God is gay. God is lesbian. God is trans. God is gender-neutral, God is straight. God is cisgender. God is black."
– Senior pastor of the American Church Disciples of Christ while starting his sermon pic.twitter.com/6SgeHL574x
— Treeni (@_treeni) March 3, 2023
In reaction to the aforementioned NYC exhibit, Catholic News Agency has reported that The Archdiocese of New York is probing the Manhattan Catholic parish over the display, with a spokesperson saying they “have concerns” should media accounts of the situation prove accurate.