Monk Comes Out as Trans Man with Permission of his Bishop: ‘Deal With Us’

A Catholic monk has come out as a transgender man — saying that the church will have “to deal with” trans people in the community who refuse to compromise their identity for their faith.

Brother Christian Matson, a diocesan hermit in Kentucky, formally came out on Sunday with the permission of his bishop, John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington, he told the Religious News Service.

“It’s not your church to kick us out of — this is God’s church, and God has called us and engrafted us into it,” he warned the Catholic Church in an interview with the news outlet.

He may be the first openly trans person in his role in the Catholic Church, Matson added — though the Religious News Service was not able to verify that claim.

Matson, 39, transitioned in college, and converted to Catholicism four years later, he explained.

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