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Monday, February 7, 2022

Listening to transgender Catholics

What one priest learned from listening to transgender Catholics

The recent news of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's statement on transgender policy brought back memories of a phone call Jesuit Fr. James Keenan received some 22 years ago from a psychotherapist who worked with clients, including Catholics, struggling to understand their gender and wanted to talk to a priest who would listen to them.

"I will not say anything about the conversations, not because they were confessional, which they were not, but because they were confidential," Keenan writes. "I will say, however, they were transformative for me. I never heard such narratives. More than anything, I realized how extraordinary their experiences were."

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A Trump aftereffect: Immigrants still fear accessing public benefits

Immigrants in New York City still fear accessing public benefits or protection, despite the change in the presidential administration, according to a new study by the Center for Migration Studies. 

The study and report, released last month, examined concerns around using public benefits, public health services, engaging with law enforcement and the impact of  COVID-19 in immigrant communities. It also was the topic of a Jan. 31 webinar. 

"Catholic parishes and Catholic social service providers already play an important role in connecting immigrants to city services, helping them apply for benefits, and hosting educational programs,"  executive director Donald Kerwin told NCR. "This study found that religious institutions — as well as immigrant-serving community-based organizations and schools — were some of the organizations that immigrants trust the most."

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