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.
For all current news, visit our News home page.
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
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.