Interesting article on transgenderism and the Church. Quote below:
"2000-2003: An official, although initially secret, ruling by the Vatican:
After extensive study, the Vatican issued a “sub secretum” (secret) document in the year 2000 to papal representatives in each country. Unfortunately, it became obvious that many bishops did not learn the contents of the document, so copies were sent to the presidents of bishops’ conferences as well. Finally, in 2003 it was discussed in the Catholic News Service. 3
The document allegedly states that:
Bishops must never alter the gender listed in baptismal records to match the individual’s new gender identity. However, a margin note is acceptable.
Persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery are not eligible to marry, to be ordained to the priesthood, or enter religious life.
An unknown source stated:
“The key point is that the (transsexual) surgical operation is so superficial and external that it does not change the personality. If the person was [born] male, he remains male. If she was [born] female, she remains female.”
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, sent a brief letter to U.S. bishops in 2002-OCT informing them of the Vatican document and emphasizing the instruction to not alter baptismal records. He wrote:
“The altered condition of a member of the faithful under civil law does not change one’s canonical condition, which is male or female as determined at the moment of birth.”
Bishop Gregory may not have been aware of the existence of intersexual babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia and whose birth gender cannot be determined “at the moment of birth.”