Rorate Caeli brings us this little tidbit:
The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery“I would have never dared before, but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me.” Diego Neria Lejárraga is a 48-yearold native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24] by Pope Francis in a meeting that was strictly private – as so many of the Holy Father – in his residency of Santa Marta, in the Vatican, at 5 p.m. An exceptional moment for any believer, for thousands of citizens around the world, and unique in the life of Diego. Because now his spirit is in peace.Since the person who he loved most in the world, his mother, “the soul of my life”, asked him not to change his body while she lived. “And I would wait a thousand and one lives for her.” He took care of her during the last years of his life, and, one year after her death, when Diego turned 40, he finally took the step: he contacted a plastic surgeon and started changing his body. …Diego asked the Holy Father if, such as he is today, following his gender-reassignment, there is any place in the house of God for him. And Pope Francis yesterday [Saturday] embraced him in the Vatican. In the presence of his wife [sic], with whom he will form a family soon.
[Jan. 27: Second update: the Italian Bishops’ Conference paper, Avvenire, confirms the private meeting today, calling the second woman Diego’s “fiancée” – they are still engaged to be “married”.]
PopeWatch assumes that the defense of this bizarre event will be that Christ met with sinners, and that is certainly true. However, Christ never gave an indication that He condoned their sins. Leaving the impression that a sinner’s sins are not sins is the very opposite of mercy and is a complete abdication of the spiritual responsibility of a priest of Christ.