IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. – A local couple is sharing their story after what some are calling the first ever Catholic wedding of a transgender couple.
Every time the newlyweds look at the photos from their wedding on a beach in Imperial Beach, they get a rush of joy and faith.
“It was so exciting, ”said 35-year-old Angel Adrian Estrada. “It seemed like a dream come true.”
After Estrada, a transgender man and lifelong Catholic, first proposed to Fina – also Catholic – the two found Dermot Rodgers, a consecrated bishop who agreed to perform the ceremony, even though it runs counter to church doctrine: people are viewed by their gender at birth.
Months before the wedding, Estrada’s certificates of baptism, communion and confirmation were recorded by Rodgers under Estrada’s new name and gender.
Those are all apparent firsts in the Catholic faith. Then came the big day.
The question now being raised is was the wedding truly a Catholic wedding?
The Diocese of San Diego points out Rodgers voluntarily separated himself from the Franciscan order and lost his ability to function as a priest. Rodgers concedes he voluntarily separated from the order because he disagreed with teachers on divorce and other issues.
According to Rodgers’ points, longstanding religious tradition says he remains a priest.
Since he has not been ex-communicated, he contends the wedding was a Catholic one.
The other day in equally bad reporting.
SAN DIEGO — A local Roman Catholic bishop is using Pope Francis as an example and creating an all-inclusive Catholic parish that will serve everyone, including divorced people and the LGBTQ community.
Local Roman Catholic bishop? A man once a Capuchin priest proclaims himself a bishop and the news organization goes along with that? Especially since he was actually incardinated into the American Catholic Church. Hey but Google searches are hard.
His reasoning that this was a valid marriage is laughable in so many ways and his status within the Church does not affect that at all. At least this was held at a beach and not some actual Catholic parish.
Now of course the articles I have seen regarding this “bishop” all have him appealing to Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge.” Funny he doesn’t quote a what the Pope had to say recently about gender theory and how it doesn’t recognize the order of creation. Although cherry pickers really don’t want to search far to justify their own bias.