conversion of the genitals

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 26, 2007

The Baltimore Sun brings news of a development that could end those pesky theological disputes about the ordination of women:

A year ago, the Rev. Ann Gordon received her routine reappointment as minister of a Charles Village Methodist congregation.

Yesterday - after undergoing a sex-change operation and taking on a new symbolic name - the Rev. Drew Phoenix received another one-year contract to head St. John's United Methodist Church.

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  • Posted by: - May. 29, 2007 2:58 PM ET USA

    Won't s/he be surprised when s/he finds out s/he continues to be feminine after death.

  • Posted by: - May. 29, 2007 5:59 AM ET USA

    Diamantina: Thank you. A very useful insight.

  • Posted by: - May. 28, 2007 6:34 PM ET USA

    Many people alive today are essentially Manichean--the body (sex, race, ethnic origin, etc.) is irrelevant: the soul & its desires are paramount and God-given. God can & does make mistakes, ergo gender-reassignment surgery. Even to me, the theology of the body is interesting, but strange because it goes against my secularized upbringing. How can the Church make the theology of the body, in which body and soul are inseperable, appealing to non-Catholics and secularized Catholics? I don't know.

  • Posted by: - May. 28, 2007 2:06 PM ET USA

    Masculine, feminine and now neuter is recognized. This is the new "IT" generation.

  • Posted by: - May. 28, 2007 10:44 AM ET USA

    “This is about more than me," Phoenix said…” Wrong! All of this gender-bending is precisely about the narcissistic desires of the individual. Need proof? "The gender I was assigned at birth has never matched my own true authentic God-given gender identity, how I know myself.” His/her gender was assigned at the moment of conception; that mysterious moment when two humans and God acted to create a new person. Lord, forgive us for misusing the gifts of gender and medicine that you have give us.

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2007 10:36 PM ET USA

    So much for "The Vagina Monologues."

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2007 2:36 PM ET USA

    Thirty years ago, I heard a VERY arrogant surgeon, who was training to do similar surgery -- "My hands and knife can make a woman, but ONLY GOD can MAKE a man." May God bless Miss Gordon.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2007 11:38 PM ET USA

    Will they play "Ashes" at his first service at St. John's?

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2007 5:49 PM ET USA

    Fer cryin' out loud Uncle Di, I just ate lunch...

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2007 5:46 PM ET USA

    But every cell in her body is screaming out "XX". Self-mutilation changes nothing. "if I speak with the tongues of MEN..."