April 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trans woman ordained as ‘Catholic’ priest
National Catholic Church of North America, gay news, Washington Blade
The National Catholic Church of North America welcomes LGBT people, performs same-sex marriages, and allows women, married people, and LGBT people to become priests.

A D.C. transgender woman has been ordained as one of the first known transgender priests by a breakaway Catholic denomination called the National Catholic Church of North America.

Colleen Fay, 74, who says she’s a former lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church and has a master’s of theology degree, is inviting members of the D.C. LGBT community to attend the first mass she will be celebrating as a transgender woman next month. The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Universalist National Memorial Church at 1810 16th Street, N.W.

Similar to some other breakaway Catholic denominations, the National Catholic Church of North America welcomes LGBT people, performs same-sex marriages, and allows women, married people, and LGBT people to become priests.

“You will know, of course, that not only does the Roman Catholic Church not ordain women, but it does not recognize the existence of transgender persons,” Fay told the Blade in statement. “My ordination by the bishops of the National Catholic Church will mean that I will be automatically excommunicated from the RC church,” she said.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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