Bishops Request USCCB Study After Transgender Hermit Announcement

According to sources close to the conference, a group of bishops requested ahead of this week’s USCCB plenary assembly in Louisville, Kentucky that conference president Archbishop Timothy Broglio commission the canon law committee to discuss and give direction on transgender identity in religious life.

“Bishops asked [Broglio] to give all of this to canonical affairs because no one has said anything [about it]. This announcement was made, and now no one knows if the Holy See is going eventually to address it,” one senior source told The Pillar.

On May 19, Pentecost Sunday, Br. Christian Matson, a diocesan hermit of the Lexington diocese posted on Facebook, sharing that “I have now completed my period of initial formation and professed public vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a diocesan hermit for the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. I made first vows in August 2022 for one year, and renewed them in August 2023 for a further period of three years.”

Later in the statement, Matson disclosed something more.

“My friends, I would like to share with you that I am a transgender Catholic,” the hermit wrote.

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