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In India, Church to sponsor school for transgender students

January 04, 2017

In India’s Kerela state, Catholic religious plan to open a school catering especially to transgender students.

“The Church has been very supportive” of efforts to help transgender students, says Vijaya Raja Mallika, a transgender activist in Kerela, who has led the drive to open a school for transgender students who have dropped out of ordinary schools. The school will be located in Kochi, in a building made available by a community of women religious.

Caritas India has been involved in advocacy for transgender individuals, supporting programs to stop discrimination against them. “The whole Church has a big role to play,” says Father Paul Madassey, who heads “pro-life support” efforts sponsored by the Catholic bishops of Kerela.

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  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 05, 2017 3:11 PM ET USA

    Let's hope and pray that the school will help the students overcome their mental illness. Perhaps some of them simply enjoy the sensationalism.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jan. 05, 2017 5:30 AM ET USA

    what a travesty when the Church cannot distinguish between true and false mercy. Will Pope Francis discipline this misguided nonsense?

  • Posted by: Travelling - Jan. 05, 2017 4:04 AM ET USA

    What?? There are no words for this travesty of the faith.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 04, 2017 11:37 PM ET USA

    What a bunch! First place transgenderism is a mental illness and should be treated as such. For Church officials to support such a school is doing a grave disservice to all. The priest involved should be immediately recalled. He may be promoting grave sin. This is totally against Church teaching.